Four Lake Oswego watercolorists are exhibiting their art at the Lakewood Center Gallery this summer. Gallery curator Jan Rimerman has selected works by Mary Burgess, Maud Durland, Corinna Campbell-Sack and Sandy Brooks to illustrate various techniques using this media.

“This artist grouping of form and color entices you to linger and get lost within each frame,” Rimerman said. “Take some time and enjoy the beauty.”

Sibling Rivalry by Mary Burgess

Burgess is an award-winning artist and educator. Rimerman said her watercolor paintings capture light, color, pattern and whimsy.

“The sharp edges and use of light and dark values give some of her paintings a crisp graphic look,” Rimerman said. “The challenge of portrait painting intrigues Mary as she captures the personalities of chickens and other challenging subjects.”

Art has been a lifelong passion for Burgess. She feels fortunate to grow up in a family whose members all value art and gave her permission to follow an artistic life path. Learn more at

Aspen by Maud Durland

Durland is known for her calming renderings of landscapes and waterscapes.

“Light and shadow are essential components in her paintings,” Rimerman said. Durland has continued to advance her painting skills over the years by attending workshops from well-known artists. Her paintings have been published in many books including “The Watercolour Flower Painters Bible” and the “Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists.” Her art has been shown and sold at juried international and national exhibits. See more of her work on

Campbell-Sack is inspired by the natural world, especially by uncultivated landscape.

“She is attracted to what is often close at hand, which is not touched or manicured,” Rimerman said. “The lushness of the Pacific Northwest and the contrast of our desert west are beautifully rendered in watercolor. Painting from nature allows Campbell-Sacks to appreciate the trees, rocks, sun and shadow, texture and form in a much more intimate way than just hiking through it.”

All of Campbell-Sack’s paintings are created directly from photographs taken from her explorations. She takes hundreds of photographs to select just the right ones that make successful compositions for her paintings.

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Brooks’ inspiration also comes from landscapes and she draws from her emotional response to the beauty. What she sees in nature dictates what she chooses to paint in watercolor.”Sandy is attracted to watercolor medium because of the ability to render soft glowing colors, the looseness of edges and the unpredictable nature of the medium,” said Rimerman. “Sandy is known for her en plein air style of painting. This means that she is painting on location, which is quite challenging. Sandy paints through the changing light, weather and battles insects while she captures the scene on paper.”

Using a limited palette allows her to simplify the subject and concentrate on the essential elements of the landscape or flowers. She uses many different watercolor techniques in her work.

The Lakewood Center Gallery is located inside Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts, 368 S State St. in Lake Oswego, and is open whenever the center is open.

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