Three Artists 46 Ashland Gallery Guide Editor, Ann DiSalvo and Artist Liaison to the AGA board, Sarah F Burns, visited three artist members, chosen at random from the great variety listing here in the Gallery Guide, to become better acquainted with them and their work. We are pleased to introduce Patrick Beste, Pegi Smith and Susan DeRosa. Find more on each in the artist listings, pages 26-32. Photos by Elise Wessendorf After he got out of the Navy he took a class in international phonetics and was hooked. Speech Pathology, because you can work anywhere, is a perfect occupation he thought, and it became his career. He was from Lincoln, Nebraska. They lived in Florida ten years, moving to Ashland in 2001 to be near their parents. He was hired by Asante and Providence, and worked independently with adult rehab patients. They spent one year in Newport News, Virginia as grandparents. He showed work at the Peninsular Fine Arts Center and Gallery there, and at the Art League in Poquoson , VA. Patrick started painting after joining the board of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists three years ago. He gained friends and mentors in Alx Fox, Dixie Kinzer, and others. Each month he would join the critique. “People here are honest and caring.” The feedback is very valuable. He joined the Ashland Art Center and is a juried member of the Oregon Watercolor Society. He was recently in a show, “Fire and Light” at Brian Scott Gallery in Brookings. He has also shown at Weisingers, U.S. Bank, Sanja Gallery, and Firehouse Gallery in Grants Pass. At this writing his work is up at ARTclectic and Art Presence in Jacksonville. There was a painting of a flower in his studio. He held it for us to see and said it was awful, his first painting. Across the room was a painting with multitudes of brightly colored flowers, like a cloud from a flower bomb. Then he showed a third flower piece that seemed to complete his arc of Patrick Beste The view of the Cascade foothills was the deciding factor when Patrick and Linda bought their house three years ago, after he retired. The room that became his studio has some of that view. His colorful abstracts are the first thing we saw entering their home, creating a bright and exciting first impression. Art was all around Patrick growing up. His father was a commercial artist. His son is a musician. He carried around a little picture of “Starry Night” as a kid, and always listens to music when he paints.
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