by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Alisha Vernon, local painter and co-founder of LUMIN Art Studios, is driven by an inner world that emerges when her brush meets canvas. By expressing her thoughts, emotions and feelings through paint, she defines the world around her and shares her experiences with all who view her work.
Growing up on the Oregon coast with a painter for a father helped to integrate art into her life from an early age. “Because my dad was a painter also, he could really keep me entertained with markers and paints,” she recalls. “I have fond memories of going to his evening painting classes with him when I was little, and I would walk around and bother the other artists until he set me up with a little canvas and paints of my own.”
High school art classes and an influential art teacher, Mr. Widder, helped Vernon continue to develop her skills, and despite trying her best to not major in art in college (in favor of a more career-oriented discipline), she ultimately graduated as an art major after realizing the inevitability of her passion.
“From there I didn’t really know what to do or how to sell paintings,” she said, “So I just started blogging and sharing some of the paintings I had done in my classes; the selling part just happened.”
Her first sale came from someone in Australia who found one of her paintings in a Google image search. “I had never sold anything before, so I put on my ‘fake it till you make it’ personality and made up a price, and figured out how to ship it to Australia,” she laughed.
When Vernon gave birth to her son five years ago, her painting took a back seat to motherhood, but when the family moved to Bend two years ago and her son started preschool, Vernon jumped back in.
“I wanted to make some friends I could relate to, so I started the Young Women’s Artist Group of Bend,” she said. “The Meetup group attracted a lot of really great motivated artist women.
“At the same time I wanted to start doing some painting out of the house, so started looking for studios,” she explained. “I was open to sharing it with a group or finding a place just for myself, and when I saw the studio space [in Tumalo], I knew it was what I wanted. I called a bunch of the girls from the Meetup group and three agreed to share the studio with me.”
by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Dorothey Eberhardt has had a long and varied career as a professional artist and her current journey into landscape photography truly captures not only the majestic beauty of Central Oregon’s wild places, but a sense of the magic that can be found in nature.
Art has always played a pivotal role in Eberhardt’s life. After getting her art education degree at the University of Oregon, she taught junior high art in the Medford area for a few years; the best part of teaching on that level, she explained, was covering a wide variety of mediums. “I have changed my mediums [many times], and I like to investigate new things,” she explained.
“I’m always growing and I’m always changing,” she commented, “because I can’t do the same thing for 40 years, to me that would get boring.”
Eberhardt opened the first art gallery in Ashland, Oregon after she finished teaching in Medford, and when her husband, David, who was heavily involved in the ski industry, came to work at Mt. Bachelor in the early ‘70s, the couple transition to life in the high desert.
Soon after moving to Bend, they began a 35-year journey in the national art-show circuit. In a collaborative process, David, an accomplished woodworker and designer, and Dorothy, at the time working in copper and enamel, created functional pieces like lamps, and napkin and earring holders. “Doing the art shows influenced me more than anything else,” Eberhardt commented. “When you are traveling all over the country, you can see what everyone else is doing and get a lot of new influences and meet a lot of interesting people.”