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Welches artist expresses joy of creation

Month-long exhibit of bright watercolors is on display at the Sandy chamber of commerce
by: Jim Hart On his back porch, Welches watercolor artist Steve Ludeman works on a painting of the large burner at Oja Lumber Company in Sandy. Ludeman’s work can be seen at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center throughout November

After 25 years expressing himself with a brush and colorful water-based paint, Steve Ludeman of Welches refers to his life as an artist as a 'joyful journey.'

Even though his interest in art began in elementary school in a small town in Northern Iowa, Ludeman pursued another career and eventually returned to his easel - with his most intense work completed during the past 16 years while living near Mount Hood.

Ludeman will put some of his work on display during November in the art gallery inside the visitor center of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

During the month, the gallery will display images of memorable places around the Mount Hood area, with about one-third done in the field and the rest located, sketched and photographed in the field and finished in Ludeman's home studio and frame shop, where he has lived for the past 16 years.

'Moving to the mountain really stimulated my creativity,' he said. 'I've always done landscapes, but even more since I moved to Welches.'

But Ludeman is beginning to add other subjects to his repertoire of images, particularly animals such as dogs and ravens as well as motorcycles. The original paintings of (dogs) Bruno and Heidi, mascots at Timberline Lodge, are in the chamber show. He also has a couple of images of ravens, which he will hang at the chamber.

Ludeman describes his interest in painting BMW and Harley motorcycles as a 'side pursuit.' He calls it 'The art of the motorcycle,' and he has images in a number of galleries and other locations such as the new wing at Oregon Health and Science University.

Ludeman's work can be seen at the Timberline Lodge gallery, Mount Hood Museum and Cultural Center in Government Camp, Wy'east Book Shoppe and Art Gallery, Sandy