Sequoia Gallerys new exhibit includes two artists who try to capture the fully present moment

Portrait artist Pat Krishnamurthy went from one end of the age spectrum to the other — from teaching special-needs students and raising her own children, to painting elders and celebrating “the diversity and richness of a long life, well-lived.”

Krishnamurthy shares 13 “life story” portraits from her “Archetypes for Aging” series at Hillsboro’s Sequoia Gallery in its May exhibit, which holds an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May COURTESY PHOTOS: SEQUOIA GALLERY - Pat Krishnamurty tries to capture older people´s tendency to 'live in the moment and be fully present'

She’ll be joined by about 30 other artists at the show, including Linda Jerome, whose focus is on “the transient state of exhilaration when someone is involved in a physical activity they love.”

While her paintings capture a moment frozen in time, Jerome aims to suggest “the sense of continued action” through her painting style — “as though the person has paused and is about to swing back, land on the ground, or look up to see the ball fly into the air.”

Jerome’s paintings capture a skateboarder, a girl swinging on a swing and other activities in which “the person, moving through the atmosphere, loses track of time and is intently focused only on the activity.”

In that way, her work matches Krishnamurthy, who studied at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2009, after she’d finished her two previous careers. Krishnamurthy had become an empty nester, a caregiver to her aging parents and a volunteer at a local senior center all at the same time and suddenly found herself examining our culture’s views on aging.

She noticed how — like Jerome’s physically active figures — “elders tend to live in the moment and be fully present,” especially when compared to their multi-tasking grandchildren. She began listening to elders at the senior center tell their life stories, and sketched while they talked.

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