Arts: A forest through the trees
Local artist prefers birches as her landscape subject
East Colony Fine Arts is hosting Debra Grubbs as the featured artist for
the month of December and her landscapes will be on display through
Grubbs began painting in watercolors as a teen, which she jokingly
pointed out “was a long time ago.” She studied with artist Corey Staid
in Andover, Mass., before heading to California in the late ’70s and
attended Las Positas College in Livermore. She earned her degree in Fine
Arts, and eventually returned to New England. Currently, she teaches
watercolor and multi-media classes at the Currier Museum Art Center and
conducts workshops at East Colony’s studios.
for her latest exhibit, she said, “This is all landscapes and mostly
birches that I see in nature.” Grubbs said that she preferred
“These are not realistic colors,” she said.
“The impressionist style of painting is based on your opinion or
impression of a scene. With my painting, I prefer nature.” Grubbs says
it’s the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes that
distinguishes her art.
inspiration for her colorful and vivid landscapes is simple. “I just get
away,” she said. “I go and visit places and will get an idea there at
that location.” As for imagery, her landscapes include trees – birches
to be exact. “Again, these are birches that I see in nature,” she said.
“I don’t put any commercial aspects in my paintings. There are no
humans. No roads. I don’t want anything in my paintings to indicate that
man has been there.”
Much of Grubbs’ work reflects New England and has appeared in galleries
throughout New Hampshire and the Seacoast area, including The Scott
Bundy Gallery in Kennebunkport; the New England Craftman’s Gallery in
Wolfeboro; Off the Wall Gallery in Newburyport and the Maine Coast
Gallery in Old Orchard Beach. Ironically, she remarked, “I don’t pursue
galleries.” But obviously, they pursue her.
East Colony Fine Art Gallery is located in Langer Place, 55 South
Commercial St., Manchester, 624-8833.