Saturday, January 2, 2016

"Fanciful Florals" by artist Debbie Grogen

Art Central Gallery's featured January 2016 show is “Fanciful Florals”  by artist Debbie Grogen. Debbie has created a collection of paintings that showcase impressionistic, abstract, and realistic flowers done in several mediums. The artist enjoys perpetually experimenting and trying new techniques and mediums.  These paintings are in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, and her newest discovery-alcohol ink on yupo (synthetic) paper.

Debbie’s work includes landscapes, portraits and pets, but she keeps coming back to her first love-flowers.  Debbie describes sitting down to paint a floral piece as a special connection to Mother Nature.  The challenge of capturing the essence of each flower never becomes dull.  “The turns of the petals... the subtle shading that creates shape and form... the sunlight casting strong shadows... I love the leaves and the various greens that frame the blooms... Every flower has SO MUCH going on...and the study of it all is a peaceful mediation that always gives my soul sustenance”.

One of the paintings featured is entitled “Red Redolence.”  It is a palette knife oil painting of white lilies in a bright red vase inspired by the need to paint an arrangement of flowers in something red!  Another quieter piece is a watercolor of a single white rose with dewdrops on the petals.

See “Fanciful Florals” at Art Central Gallery during the month of January 2016, Monday-Saturday 10-5.  Meet the artist on Third Thursday, January 21st 5-8pm or see more of her work at