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LaVonne LaTulip Vasick -

When I was growing up in the Midwest, the only girl in the middle of six brothers, my mother saw a creative spark in me and kept me out of trouble by providing a variety of art supplies for those occasions when I needed a “time out.” Even when I wasn’t in trouble, I often choose to be creative with paints and various crafts. I continued my creative path and studied Graphic Communication at Platt College in San Diego, which put me on the road to professional marketing. Enjoying nature, I moved my young family to live near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Over the years I explored and grew to love this vast, rugged area and its historic significance. That landscape continues to influence my work. I invite others to experience the textures, atmosphere and mood of the High Sierra through an imaginative immersion in my art.


I am fortunate to have studied with other Nevada artists who have mastered glazing colors. One in particular, whom I call “the ‘artist whisperer,” helped me to give a free rein to my creativity. My husband’s support, a mentor’s encouragement, and my own unwavering faith that talent is a gift continue to encourage me to pursue my passion for painting.


I am influenced by seasonal light and how it changes the appearance and atmosphere of each subject, altering textures and forms and layering complexity. I am attracted to the silent beauty of the snow. The challenge of capturing wildlife action is alluring, and I am similarly drawn to Nevada history and ranching scenes.


I enjoy the challenge of painting the complex textures, forms, and patterns found in nature, such as the bark of trees, the perfect placement of petals, dust from the motion of horses, the atmosphere of a snowy day, and the color pallet of our western sunrises and sunsets.


Watercolor is a challenging and unforgiving medium, but also immeasurably rewarding. I allow the painting to reveal itself, to emerge, using methods which are often unconventional, pushing the limits of paint and paper. I compile photographic composites before sketching the design on paper then using a glazing process I apply layer upon layer of color. Finishing off with texturing the surface to capture natural variations. I use a limited palette of four transparent colors and an occasional opaque, to capture the colors and tones of Nevada.


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