Description This whimsical beach umbrella was found at Rio del Mar State Beach in Aptos, California. Aptos is south of Santa Cruz by about 20 miles. One hot August day, I escaped the heat by going to this beach and fell in love with the fun and colorful beach umbrellas that dotted the sand.
Nancy Riedell, Portland Member Since April 2013 Artist Statement Nancy Riedell, an internationally recognized, award winning, and Open Studios artist originally from Santa Cruz County, California, now living in Portland, Oregon, graduated from San Francisco State University where she studied Fine Arts. Classes included figure drawing, color values, acrylics, oils, and art history. Nancy’s love of art goes back to childhood as her family encouraged her to develop her art skills by giving her art materials and art books so that she could develop her technique.
Nancy’s current medium is watercolor. The bold use of colors and interesting landscapes has played a strong role in Nancy’s unique paintings. She feels that although she has been working with art since childhood, it is only within the last few years that she has felt the calling to go back into her art. Her work reflects her passion well by using strong, saturated color and theme. Nancy likes to take advantage of every opportunity and is known to carry her digital camera with her to photograph subjects for future paintings. She has captured beautiful sunrises in Monterey County, unique beach scenes in Santa Cruz County, unusual rock formations in New Mexico, covered bridges in Pennsylvania, and incredible Oregon scenes. Nancy is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Society. Nancy’s art has been displayed in galleries on both coasts.