This fall, local watercolorist Charlene Collins Freeman will be featured in a solo exhibition at TSUGA Fine Art & Framing, located on Main Street in downtown Bothell.
“Beauty Everywhere” is a celebration of the small things in life — a hummingbird alighting on a flower, the reflections in a shop window, the gentle cascade of early morning light filtering through an old European alleyway.
Freeman’s art is inspired by the quiet moments so easily overlooked in the melange of everyday business. By uncovering the sacred quality in these stolen, in-between seconds, the artist is able to preserve what she believes are the snippets of life that make up who we really are as people. In reference to the vignette of Italian life at dawn that she captures in Wake Up Siena, Freeman states, “Painting [that moment] has immortalized it for me and allows me to share with others the magic of everyday moments. Beauty is everywhere.”
Freeman uses photography to capture spontaneous moments which she saves as source material for future paintings. She will snap several images of anything that interests her and then chooses which draw the strongest emotional response.
She explains, “I don’t overthink what I want to paint. When I see something that I have a strong emotional response to, that’s all I need to decide to paint it.”
Freeman’s paintings are marked by a stillness that seems to freeze her subjects in a single instant. Rather than focusing on the fleeting nature of these perfect moments, the artist defies the constant flux of the modern world and instead precisely preserves them for her audiences to ponder at will.
“Beauty Everywhere” will open with a public reception on Friday, Sept. 18, from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 24.
TSUGA Fine Art & Framing is located on the corner of Main Street and 101st Ave NE in downtown Bothell.
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday by appointment.