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Landscapes, Still Lifes and Trompe L'Oeil
Kathleen Hooks and David Stevenson - New Paintings
Kathleen Hooks
October 10, 2007 - November 4, 2007
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to offer new paintings by Eastern Washington artist Kathleen Hooks and Seattle painter David Stevenson.

Kathleen Hooks resides in Pasco and paints moody, lush and romantic landscapes not only reminiscent of Eastern Washington, but also of the lush and deserted land found west of the mountains. Kathleen Hooks resides with her husband John and 2 children in the rural farmland east of Pasco, Washington. In 1996, after a lifelong interest in pursuing a career in art, Kathleen built a studio next to their home. With her husband's encouragement and construction complete, she studied artist's techniques and made a commitment to painting full-time  Her lovely landscapes and skyscapes have become a gallery favorite.

David Stevenson is new to the gallery and lives in Seattle, WA. His richly textured still-life paintings are bold but quiet representations of everyday objects: the classically beautiful, the unusual, and subjects whose appeal are less obvious and more nuanced.

For over ten years David has worked in the video game industry creating artwork for popular adventure titles such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events and most recently Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate.

His true passion, however, lies in the more tactile medium of oil on canvas.  "Among the things I enjoy most about painting a still life is the challenge of creating the illusion of texture and depth. For me, to successfully bring out the texture and shape of an orange is about as good as it gets".

His inspiration comes from what he sees in his neighborhood, from his wife's garden, and afternoons spent digging through the dusty, cramped shelves of the local junk shop in West Seattle. Not to mention his love of pastries, which is his most recent and exuberant endeavor.

He especially admires and is drawn to the work of old Dutch masters, as well as the greats from the Italian renaissance. His continuing search for knowledge has recently led him to Florence Italy where he participated in an extensive summer workshop at the Angel Academy.