In the Quiet
Slowly, Slowly, oil on canvas, 52 in x 48 in, 2018
Drie Chapek resides in Edmonds, Wa. She spent her childhood in the mid western plains and eastern mountains. After receiving her fine arts degrees in Kansas she went to Trent -on - Stoke in England for further study and to spend time in the museums of Europe. Returning to Seattle strongly influenced by the Renaissance art she saw she began her studio practice in 2002.
Drie Chapek, Model, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in, 2013-2018
"My work is in connecting the human body to nature. I do so through abstracting forms. What remains shares similar rhythms, colors and textures."
Mike Scott, maple burl vessel, 24 in x 9 in, 2018
Mike Scott was born in Oxford England and began turning wood after studying Buddhism and holistic medicine. He was exhibiting by the 80's. He has traveled and shown through out the world, and is collected by many museums and private individuals. He moved to Whidbey Island in 2010 to "retire" to sailing, wooden boat building and wood turning. His recent work is with the burl of trees.
Mike Scott, All Washed Up,sandblasted maple burl, 23 in diameter, 2018
"A couple of years ago, I acquired a huge Big-Leaf Maple tree covered in burls. This triggered a desire to turn larger pieces, and experiment with use of chainsaw as a texturing tool, colour variations, as well as using the pure beauty of the burl to make classic hollow pot forms. In addition I was able to find a reliable source for sandblasting the large standing pieces, resembling fossilised wood."
Drie Chapek, an oil painter. Mike Scott, a wood turner. Both handling materials almost as old as the earth. Both producing, in my opinion, astonishing work.