Bobbie Salthouse About
For me painting is a process of discovery and pushing limits. It is important that I allow myself to take chances while painting; if I can take risks with my art work, I can take risks in other areas of my life. There are no real mistakes, since the possibility of taking advantage of happy accidents encourages me even at a moment of frustration.
I find inspiration in the natural world around me. Since moving to Western Massachusetts, I have been especially fascinated by the possibility of translating observations made in my garden, on my frequent woodland walks and summer sailing excursions into abstract artistic expression.
I have been especially inspired by my teacher, mentor and friend, Helen Corning, who has taught me so much about painting and life. Other sources of inspiration include my interest in languages, the world of childhood, Klimt, Klee, Folon, Steinberg, Betty Woodman and whatever it is that I'm looking at when I visit a museum.
My art works are reflections of my state of mind at the moment of their conception. They are intensely personal and spontaneous explorations. I often make use of improvised scratching in my paintings, revealing unexpected micro-compositions. I think of these scribblings and surprises as whispers which are heard and felt, more than understood on a cognitive level.
Burnett Gallery, Amherst MA, November 2011
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.,Rivers of Silk, November 2008
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.,Magic Squares, May 2008
Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, July - August 2011
River Road Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD, June 2011
Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD Outloud Artists, Sept. - Nov. 2010
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD Outloud Artists, April 2009
Blackrock Arts Center, Gaithersburg, MD, Outloud Artists, May 2007
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., New MembersShow, February 2007
Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., Holiday Show, December 2006
Washington Arts Club, Washington DC, Painting Out Loud, November, 2006
Touchstone Gallery: Washington, DC, Living Out Loud, April 2006
Ozmosis Gallery artist, Bethesda, MD. 2004-2005
Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, Juried member show, 2003
Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD, Juried member show, 2002
Strathmore Hall, Juried Member Show,
Glen Echo Gallery, Group show, Glen
Echo Park, Bethesda, MD, 2000
In private collections in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Bobbie Salthouse has studied painting, drawing, graphic design and advertising at the School of Visual Arts in New York and studied painting with Helen Corning at the Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo, MD. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in the History of Art. She also holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Before starting Salthouse Design, in 1983, she worked for a number of advertising agencies and publications, including Seventeen Magazine and House Beautiful Magazine. She is a founding member of the OUTLOUD group of abstract painters, that exhibit widely in the Washington area.
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