Andrea Schwartz-Feit, Class of 1997, Marylhurst UniversityRecent work by Andrea Schwartz-Feit ’97 is on exhibit at Butters Gallery through Oct. 1, 2016.

Andrea Schwartz-Feit creates multi-media works – combining wax with paint and more – resulting in extraordinarily complex color arrangements.

Andrea will talk about her work and process at Butters Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1:00 p.m.

What I Saw. How It Was is Andrea’s seventh solo exhibition of paintings at Butters Gallery. In her artist statement, she writes:

What I Saw. How It Was, the work of 2015 and 2016, is evidence of my wanderings and how some of what I saw moved through me. Plants, spaces, places and moments emerge from the deep pleasure of making a gesture with paint and ink, brush and finger, adding and subtracting.

These paintings are what I see with my eyes closed. They are also what I saw as I meandered. I watch as a magnolia opens before my eyes. A universe of bees drunk on pollen is revealed in a blossom. Geese stalk toddlers. Mother duck and ducklings cross the street at a stoplight. I am there when first raindrops fall on a lake and water meets water. I am looking when red seeds extrude and spill from magnolia fruit to expose a moment of botanical pornography. Two leaves attach and entwine, then float together through Crystal Springs to Johnson Creek. Here is a beaver dam adorned with golf balls at the pond near the golf course while nearby in gnawed tree trunks covered in pitch, I observe the birth of amber as ants and spiders meet untimely deaths. I feel the presence of ancient beings in John Day and in a cold mist at the Rhododendron Garden I am overtaken with the beauty of a sudden squall.

These experiences, and others, are the stuff of the paintings, embedded in the panels with wax, crayon, ink, paper, and more. Making the work is a process of painting, drawing, scraping, erasing, melting, redrawing, scrubbing and then doing it all over again. There is joy and despair. I ruin decent paintings and destroy others as I pursue some specific bit of ephemera. With luck, work and magic I reassemble the elusive presence of time and being, the “how it was,” to live in a world of paint. I don’t know what drives me to this activity; nevertheless I continue to try to understand my experience of the world by recreating it.

Butters Gallery is located at 157 NE Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (and by appointment).

Andrea Schwartz-Feit earned her B.F.A. in Art with a concentration in painting from Marylhurst University in 1997.