IRIS SABRE - PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Background and Artistic Philosophy
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BACKGROUND

I grew up in San Francisco in a family of artists. My mother was a painter and my father, a sculptor. They met at the California School of Fine Arts where they were both on the Works Progress Administration. I was drawing pictures before I was able to talk. 

 

I studied art at San Francisco State University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in art with a specialty in painting and a credential to teach art.

 

I have worked as a classroom teacher and an art specialist in several schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching I have worked as a commercial artist, done printmaking at the Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco, supervised the painting of four community-based murals, and raised a daughter who is also an artist.

 

I am a member of the Marin Society of Artists, the East Bay Plein Air Painters, the Oakland Art Association, and Arts Benicia.

 

My work has been exhibited in four solo shows, including shows at the Albany Community Center and Jack London Square.  I always have work on view in the Benicia Plein Air Gallery, and my paintings are usually available at the Marin Society of Artists Gallery.  Other locations include the Orinda Community Center, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda, the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, and several other local galleries.  In addition, I have exhibited at the Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco, in faculty shows at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, with the East Bay Plein Air Painters, and in local restaurants, professional offices and arts and crafts festivals. 

 

Recently, I have received inspiration from my studies with the painters Pam Glover, Randall Sexton, and Van Waldron. 

 

Featured Artist: Oakland Art Association Newsletter October 2008

ARTISTIC PHILOSOPHY

I enjoy painting out of doors.  I take my easel to the grassy hills or the rocky bluffs over the ocean, and paint nature in all its glory. In a sense I am a conservationist.  I try to capture on the canvas the natural world at a particular point in time.

 

I am an impressionist and colorist.  I work with oil paint and do not use solvents.  I invoke sun and shadow using thick paint and intense color.

 

I also do figurative work, painting models, friends, and people and animals encountered in the field.