EBSQ Spotlight on Portraits & Figurative Art: Pat DeVane Burns

This month’s featured gallery is Portraits & Figurative Art. Portraits are the artistic representation of an individual or individuals with the face as the focus. The term “figurative art” most frequently refers to the representational depiction of a human or animal figure. Often they are deeply personal – either to the artist, because of the emotions being expressed by the subject or because of the emotions these works elicit from us. They delight, disturb and connect us. During the month of May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create some of these evocative pieces of art.

Pat DeVane Burns

One Down, Two To Go - Pat DeVane Burns

What is so intriguing to me about forms and faces, be it person or animal, is that each one is an individual… alike in so many ways, but different.  It is my challenge as the artist to see what is unique about the body language, the nuance of expression, the coloration, the personality and to translate what might be considered intangible into a tangible painting of that individual. – Pat DeVane Burns

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EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Catherine Darling Hostetter

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Catherine Darling Hostetter

Merry Christmas to Ewe - Catherine Darling Hostetter

As an artist, I love to illustrate feelings – they may not actually be what the painting is about, but more what the painting might stir in the viewer. So I guess I would have to say that I paint for myself, because I can’t exactly control what others are feeling! Generally my art brings to me happiness, a peaceful feeling, or something to think about.  Although I often paint realism, I can’t help but infuse my art with whimsy. I couldn’t stay away from painting whimsical if I tried. I love to paint light-heartedly. Frequently, my art follows the seasons and I love to paint with holiday themes. I had a very contented childhood and loved the holidays and was fortunate to have wonderful traditions in our family. I guess I have never quite grown up mentally in that respect (though it’s a shock to look in the mirror these days) because every element of celebrating a holiday still brings excitement and joy to me which I share in my art. I am blessed to be so happy and an artist too! – Catherine Darling Hostetter

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