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ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Takeyce Walter is an artist, and art instructor truly inspired by the landscape. This is ever apparent when standing before any of her paintings. Walter’s work in oil and pastel present the landscape of the Northeast in all its glory. There is a great sense of familiarity, calm, and stillness in each piece.

The paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Cape Cod, and Vermont. Walter is especially inspired by, and drawn to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. She is fortunate to live in close proximity to the beautiful Hudson, Mohawk, Au Sable Rivers and visits the beaches of Cape Cod during the summer.

Takeyce Walter is a painter whose return to painting in 2005 has been documented on her blog. She made a commitment to finishing at least one painting a week and started blogging to help track her progress. Many years later, Takeyce has maintained that commitment and is currently producing art on a prolific basis. In addition to exhibiting her paintings online, she also exhibits in local venues. Her art has found homes in many private collections across the country, and internationally.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Juried Member, The Oakroom Artists – 2016
Board Member, Saratoga Arts – 2014 to present
Associate Member, Pastel Society of America – 2014 to present
Member, Adirondack Pastel Society – 2011 to present
Art Instructor, Saratoga Arts – 2013 to present

SELECT EXHIBITS

2016 10×10 Annual Exhibition | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY | (group show)
2016 Summer Exhibition | Silverwood Gallery | Bolton Landing, NY | (three-woman show)
2016 Peace of Nature | Clement Art Gallery | Troy, NY | (two-person show)
2016 Faculty Show | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY | (group show)
2016 Darkness/Light | Spring Street Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY | (group show)
2015 Winter Holiday Salon| Clement Art Gallery | Troy, NY | (group show)
2015 UPSTATE ARTISTS | The Laffer Gallery | Schuylerville, NY | (group show)
2015 Dust to Dust | Clement Art Gallery |Troy, NY (juried group show)
2015 Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition | The Shirt Factory Gallery | Glens Falls, NY (juried group show)
2015 Recent Paintings | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (solo show)
2015 Many Rivers | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (group show)
2014 UPSTATE ARTISTS | The Laffer Gallery | Schuylerville, NY | (group show)
2014    EVERY DAY: A Month of Paintings | Spring Street Gallery |Saratoga Springs, NY (two-woman show)
2014    Dust to Dust | Clement Art Gallery |Troy, NY (group show)
2014    Local Beauty |  Brookside Museum| Ballston Spa, NY (solo show)
2014 10×10 | Saunders Gallery | Glens Falls, NY (group show)
2013    Inspired | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (solo show)
2013    Juried Exhibit | Saratoga Arts Fest | Saratoga Springs, NY (group show, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
2012    Landscapes | William K. Sanford Library| Latham, NY (solo show)
2012    10×10 | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (group show, 2010, 2011, 2012)
2011    Two by Two | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY | (group show)
2011    Landscapes for Landsakes | ASA, Maple Ridge Gallery | Coila, NY (group show)
2009   Shimmer: Landscape and Light | Corina | Ballston Spa, NY (solo show)
2009   Views from the Battlefield | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (group show)
2009   Landscapes by the Hudson River Daily Painters | Rhinebeck, NY (group show)
2008   Little Gems | Corina | Ballston Spa, NY (solo show)
2008   Quiet Beauty | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (solo show)
2006   New Works | Corina | Ballston Spa, NY (solo show)

ARTIST STATEMENT

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” Albert Einstein

I am inspired. The beauty found in nature often overwhelms me, and I am driven by that irresistible urge to capture that beauty and share it with others.

My recent work reflects the beauty I see in the natural landscape around me. I am most inspired by, and drawn to quiet and peaceful scenes. The paintings are of places I’ve experienced with all my senses, composed with intent to recreate the sense of connectedness and wonderment left upon me by nature.

I have a deep love and appreciation for the open spaces of the Northeast, and upstate New York; where I call home. I especially love the rivers, lakes, and mountains of the Adirondacks.

My process of creating art is nourishing, energizing and draining all at once. My goal when starting a painting is to capture the impression that a place or moment has left upon me. I need not lay down every blade of grass, to capture the mood and atmosphere that originally drew me to a composition. I lay down as little or as much paint needed to invoke that sweet memory of the initial experience. I work with the finest oil paint, and soft pastels to capture these moments.

I am inspired, and I hope that my work inspires others to see the beauty around us.

ABOUT THE WORK: Paint and Pastels

I work with both pastels and oil paint. I have an equal affinity for both mediums. Each serves its purpose.

OILS: I use a variety of professional grade oils. My palette consists of roughly 6 – 10 colors including Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Cad Orange, Cad Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Manganese Violet, and Phthalo Blue.

CARING FOR ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS

Oil paintings have been around for centuries. Finished oil paintings can be hung framed or unframed. A rule of thumb is to never hang your original art in direct sunlight. You can dust your painting every so often with a soft dry cloth. This will keep thick layers of dust from building up on the surface of the painting. Resist the urge to touch the paint, as oils from your fingers can affect the look of the painting over time.

I use professional archival grade paints, and grounds. Most of my oil paintings are done on canvas and at times GessoBord. I don’t usually varnish my work, but can do so if you would like.


PASTELS

Pastels have also been around for centuries. They have been used by notable old masters such as Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt as well as modern masters Wolf Kahn, and Daniel Greene.

Pastels are made from the same pigments used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints. Instead of oils, a binding agent is added to the pigments to create a chalk-like stick, which is applied to a textured surface, usually paper. Pastels are available in an array of colors, and many paintings done centuries ago still maintain their original vibrancy today.

I am a huge fan of pastels because of its immediacy. No mixing colors, or waiting for paint to dry. I use acid free sanded paper/panel as my ground – Colorfix Art Spectrum paper, PastelBord, or Sennelier pastel card.

CARING FOR ORIGINAL PASTELS

Pastels should never be placed in direct sunlight or in any areas prone to excessive moisture. I do not use a fixative on my finished paintings, so they should be handled very carefully. To avoid smudging, never touch the surface of the painting. Pastels should be framed under glass to protect the finished painting from damage. I recommend museum UV glass. It’s glare free, and virtually invisible allowing the art to be seen from any angle. Pastels can be framed with, or without a mat using spacers to separate the art from the glass.

I am happy to frame any painting – oil or pastel. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.