Trio of Local Artists Share Their Journey at The Drawing Studio

February 25, 2013

“The Journey Continues” is a different kind of art exhibit. Three local artists will reveal the secrets of how successful paintings are composed with line, balance and color to become beautiful, interesting or dynamic – and also how these artists have transitioned from other careers into art.

"Politics" by Pat Frederick.

“Politics” by Pat Frederick.

The trio will exhibit their work in a group show from March 2 through March 30 at The Drawing Studio, 33 S. 6th Ave.. in Downtown Tucson.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 6 to 9 pm. From 6:30 to 7:30, the artists will discuss their work and individual career journeys into art. The event is free and open to the public.

“Journey” is a story about the three used to work in very different fields, but now enjoy the challenge of learning and practicing artistic skills.

The artists are Pat Frederick, who was a veterinarian and now has an art studio in Tucson where she creates metal sculptures and pastel paintings; Roberta Miller, who worked as a nutritionist and healthcare food service director and now paints Southwest landscapes in pastels for the pure enjoyment of art studio practice; and Mikaela Quinn, who was a newspaper publisher, journalist and editor and now paints wildlife and animal portraits in pastels and is focusing on transitioning careers into art.

Their recent journey of learning has included the study of drawing, composition and color fundamentals at The Drawing Studio.

The March exhibit of paintings in pastel pigments will focus on the use of drawing practice, color and composition skills that have been the signposts on their Journey. Diagrams in the form of thumbnail sketches will accompany many of the works to illustrate some of the visual thinking processes and compositional attributes of their paintings.

Gallery hours at The Drawing Studio are Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 pm. The gallery also will be open March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., for 2nd Saturdays.

Founded in 1992, The Drawing Studio is a nonprofit visual arts center using studio art practice as a way to foster satisfying and creative lives. The organization is dedicated to providing affordable art education to all ages, and received the 2010 Governor’s Art Award for outstanding contributions to the community.