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Patty Haller: Bringing out the complexities of the forests of the Pacific Northwest

In the Pacific Northwest, foliage and vegetation commonly dot the landscape, no matter the location. But it's the complexities of our forests in particular that are exemplified in Patty Haller’s paintings, characterized by their large-scale portrayal of leafy systems and overlapping elements.

Chuckanut Sister, Dark and Plummy by Patty, is part of a larger series of work Patty created for a previous show. Armed with a vision of sisters growing up in the Chuckanut mountain range, Patty painted each piece to represent a separate sister-this one being “dark and plummy”-which collectively came together to tell a story throughout the exhibit. Now, Chuckanut Sister, Dark and Plummy stands alone in our Small Works exhibit, as if waiting for her other sisters to return.

Patty’s intimate landscapes date back to her experience in art school, where she began to focus on portraying the complex systems that were the landscapes in front of her. As such, her process is one filled with meticulous planning. One such aspect of her process is her color schemes, often chosen from her extensive collection of color charts. Through these charts, Patty takes colors schemes from effective pieces of art from art history, and applies them to her own paintings. The colors are tried and true, and saves her time with mixing up colors.

If you want to find Patty and her work, check out her newest work at Woodside Braseth Gallery in Seattle, her Instagram @pattyhaller, and Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison.

Small Works From The Artists of Building 30 West opened November 2 and can be viewed through December 16. Also come visit our Open Art Studios event on Saturday, December 2 from 12-4 pm at Building 30 West!

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