Artist Jim Veenstra’s work will be shown at the Charles Harris Gallery, located in the Lonesome Pine Regional Library in Wise, Va., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 14.
“My recent work focuses on pattern and abstraction. I have been experimenting with just how far I can simplify an image and still have my subject look “three dimensional.” The depth we seem to see in a painting, or any two dimensional art work, is a recognizable pattern that artists create,” stated Veenstra.
“I have been using a pattern of triangles borrowed from three dimensional computer graphics, and cubism as basis for these recent paintings.”
There will be light refreshments and snacks, and artist Misty Stratton is hanging alongside of Veenstra in this show.
Veenstra, who grew up in mountains of New Mexico, later attended Illinois College, and earned his graduate degree through the Hoffberger School of Art at the Maryland Art Institute under the tutelage of well-known artist Grace Hartigan.
After college, Veenstra obtained a job with a company that specialized in decorative finishes. Eventually, he created a mural department within the company. Veenstra’s murals are displayed in private residences, institutions, and commercial spaces across the United States and some other countries, as well.
Currently, Veenstra teaches as an instructor in the Arts and Humanities department of Mountain Empire Community College, and also at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.