June 10, 2015
Garry Oak Gallery is pleased to welcome colored pencil artist Arlene Love Dieckhoff. Growing up in the country, Arlene was delighted with the opportunities she had to study animal, bird, and insect life first-hand, and she began drawing with colored pencil from early childhood.
From her childhood through her college years, Arlene took every art class available and developed her skill and love of painting with oils and pastels. Her unique style of realism is evident when she portrays animals and insect life, especially butterflies and grasshoppers in their natural settings.
Although she loved painting with oils and pastels, health issues prevent her from continuing the use of that media. Colored pencils are now back in her life and Arlene says they are extraordinary by themselves and work well with other mediums, such as watercolors, designer acrylics and ink. Arlene will sometimes use solvents to block out air from discoloring the pencil colors, giving her paintings the look of an oil or acrylic.
Arlene studied Design, Graphic Design and Oil Painting with the Mohave Community College Art Instruction School and is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She is associated with Pacific Northwest Art School and Whidbey Island Audubon Society.
Garry Oak Gallery—An Artist Owned Gallery is located at 830 SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor, and is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with extended hours Thursdays through Saturdays until 7 p.m. through August. Call (360) 240-0222 for further information.