Hazel Reeves

hazelorearreeves.com; hazelor@bendbroadband.com

Artist Statement

I moved to Bend from Corvallis 10 years ago. I had been a Commercial Interior Designer for 35+ years before I retired. I was born in Kentucky where my relatives arrived in the mid 1700. I moved to Oregon 33 years ago and started painting about 15 years ago. I know my career in Interior Design has helped me in my desired destination in art. It has channeled my creative bent; whether it is determining the focal point in a space, visualizing a layout, or understanding a color selection; these design tasks subliminally honed my artistic success on canvas and paper. I paint in watercolor and create mixed media art. I am drawn to expressionist images and try to incorporate them within my paintings. I try to paint the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in me.

My education has greatly influenced my art. I have a Fine Art degree from Stephens College, a BA degree in Interior Design and an MA degree in Interior Design in color theory and how it influences our Aging Population; the latter two from University of Kentucky.

My professional career has led me from healthcare design to sustainable design at an international engineering firm, to Senior Interior Designer for state government buildings in Oregon and an artist. I’m a member of Sagebrushers Art Society and the Watercolor Society of Oregon where I serve as VP for the WSO 100 Club.

"Tea Time" - Watercolor - 15”Wx22”H

"Tulips" - Oil - 9”Wx12”H

"Koi Pond and Fall is Here" - Watercolor - 20”Wx14”H