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Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Fine Art, April 11-30

Terrie Lombardi, Leggy Sunflowers, oil, 14 x 11.

Terrie Lombardi, Leggy Sunflowers, oil, 14 x 11.

This story was featured in the April 2014 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art April 2014 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

Art was always a part of Terrie Lombardi. While it wasn’t the focus of her upbringing, it was nonetheless like a shadow on a sunny day—always there throughout her life. The Denver-based still-life artist exhibits 15-25 new works in a show titled Color is the New Black, which is on view at Evergreen Fine Art from April 11 to 30, with an in-
gallery demonstration and artist’s reception from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Lombardi always had an appreciation for art, but it wasn’t until she married and had her only child that she considered pursuing painting as a career. “It all came at about age 33,” Lombardi remembers. “I started finding workshops and studying at the Art Students League of Denver under people like Quang Ho and Kevin Weckbach. I did Weckbach’s yearlong study program, and that totally changed my world.”

For the first five years her work consisted of plein-air landscape painting, but she quickly realized her heart lay in painting the vibrantly colorful world of flowers. Lombardi also has a special place in her heart for the medium of pastel. “Pastels are so intense and pure,” she notes. “Once you work in pastels, it just gets under your skin and you cannot get rid of it.”

Lombardi also paints in oils and will be showing a mix of the two, and she has added still lifes of fruits and vegetables to her work. While her pastels are vivacious and exude color, her oils are thick and juicy with a painterly flair but still focus on her love of the flower. “Terrie paints a lot like her personality. It’s always bold and there’s a high level of sophistication to it,” says Doug Kacena, the gallery’s curator and director of exhibitions. “The way she sets up her composition is really interesting, too. She cuts things off and centers her focus on unusual parts of the subject. It really makes for interesting paintings.” —Joe Kovack

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