Carol Levy (McMinnville, OR)
I have loved the natural beauty of Earth since childhood, and as a child took my camera wherever I went to record that beauty. I have long pursued photography and for the past fifteen years have focused on watercolor painting, a means to express and share my vision and love of the natural world. Although I photograph and paint various aspects of nature, my main interest is in close-up flower images, simply because I love flowers so much. Their beauty, vibrancy and infinite variety and richness of form, pattern, texture and color never cease to amaze me. The close-up lens of the camera reveals to me wondrous views, perspectives and details of their inner world that I would not see in any other way. The first time I looked into a flower through a close-up lens I felt that I had been invited into Paradise. Through watercolor painting I have expanded into further dimensions of discovery and expressiveness in relationship with flowers and all nature. I have also been painting in acrylic, expanding my love of color and design into abstract realms. In and around Portland I have exhibited paintings at Oregon Society of Artists, Lake Oswego Heritage House, Tualatin Heritage Center, Multnomah Arts Center, the Village Gallery of Arts, Blue Moon Coffee in Lake Oswego and the Portland Japanese Garden. In Portland my photographs have been selected to juried shows for Beaverton Arts Showcase, Celebration of Creativity and Lakewood Festival of the Arts, and have been exhibited at the Portland Japanese Garden.