Winifred Martinson is also new to the tour this year. She describes herself as “California born and bred”. Unbelievably she only began learning the techniques of making art as an adult. “I paint realistically what I think is beautiful in nature, in an atmospheric and ethereal style. In the 1980s I learned from workshops with Zoltan Szabo in Los Angeles, from Life Drawing courses at Pasadena City College, but mostly I am self-taught. “Mr. Szabo’s work still inspires me. His subtle color choices and impressionistic style have a strong influence on my work. When I teach, my students for the most part learn from those techniques. His advice to limit the number of colors used is basic to my style.
“I usually paint indoors, from a sketch or photo of a subject that somehow resonates with me. I often paint animals or birds, beginning with the eyes. If I can’t love the effect of the eyes, the painting will be abandoned.”
A pivotal point in her artistic career occurred in 2001 when she moved to McMinnville. “I was encouraged by the Hidden Treasures Gallery, The Currents Gallery and The Pacific Frame and Gallery to go public with my large privately held body of work.”
If you visit her on the tour you’ll be able to watch her working on a current project. She also plans to have a children’s station