I lace up my hiking boots, sling a Nikon camera across my back and head out in search of entropic beauty in forgotten and harsh places. My creative spirit is awakened by the Japanese aesthetic, wabi sabi, the art of finding simple beauty in nature and accepting natural cycles of growth and decay. I am attracted rust, cracks, rough surfaces and the march of time they represent.
In my work I strive for an artistic style characterized by details and mental associations that evoke subjective impressions rather than the re-creation of objective reality. I aim to capture a momentary, sensory effect; the impression an object makes on the eye in a fleeting instant. Naturally occurring patterns within weathered surfaces reveal themselves to me, and I may discover a hint of what looks like a distant mountain or wisp of a cloud within an image of a weathered surface and use this as a starting point in my composition.
My recent body of work features a series of abstract landscapes created from my digital images of entropy. Found objects are sometimes attached to create a focal point and bring back some of the rustic grittiness of the area where I captured the image.
My wish is for the viewer of my work to find the graceful beauty I bring to images captured from harsh environments, and to see the simple beauty that surrounds us every day.
Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA. 2016
Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2016
Art in the Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2014
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2013
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR. 2013
Art in the Pearl, Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2012
Gallerly by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2012
Gallery by the Park, Summer Celebration Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2011
Sausalito Juried Art Festival, Sausalito, CA. 2011
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Art Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2011
Allied Art Gallery, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2011
You & I Gallery, "This Is What I Do" Art Show, Kennewick, WA. 2011
509 Art Exhibition, Washington State University, Richland, WA. 2011
"Painting With Light: A Photographer's Journey" Allied Art Gallery, Richland, WA. 2010
Allied Art Gallery, Summer Celebration, Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2010
Larsen Gallery, 43rd Annual Allied Arts Juried Exhibition , Yakima, WA. 2010
Scottsdale Juried Art Festival, Scottsdale AZ, March 2010
54th Annual Juried Central WA Artists' Exhibition, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2009
Art In The Pearl Juried Art Fair, Portland, OR. 2009
Bellevue Art Museum Juried Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA. 2009
Allied Art Gallery, Juried Summer Celebration Show, Richland, WA. 2009
Allied Art Gallery, Juried Show, Summer Celebration, Richland, WA. 2008
Washington State University, Fall Juried Artists' Exhibition, Richland, WA. 2008
Larsen Gallery, 53rd Central Wash. Juried Artists' Exhibition, Yakima, WA. 2008
"Introducing LuAnn Ostergaard", Simon Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2008
Allied Art Gallery, Juried Show, Summer Celebration, Richland, WA. 2007
Best of Show, Gallery by the Park, Annual Juried Show, Richland, WA. 2016
Condotta Award for Excellence in 2-D medium, Allied Arts Gallery, Richland, WA. 2013
Larsen Gallery Guild Purchase Award, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2009
Washington State University, Chancellor's Award, Richland, WA. 2008
Argus Insurance, Purchase Award, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA. 2007
3 Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
Grand Hyatt Lodge, Denver, CO.
Omni Hotel, Austin, TX.
Hyatt Place Hotel, Athens, GA.
Rettig, Osborne, Forgette, Kennewick, WA.
Marriott Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Portside at the Inlet, West Palm Beach, FL.
Argus Insurance, Yakima, WA.
Parker Furniture, Portland, OR.
Hunt and Gather Home Furnishings, Portland, OR.
Earthenworks Gallery, LaConner, WA.
Dodson's Fine Jewelers, Spokane, WA.
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