Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Tressa Hommel

Tressa Hommel

Blue Ridge Mountains Evening

I can remember the first time I felt the thrill of creating something that was my very own, how important it was to receive the place of honor on the refrigerator door. I was painting from life at a very early age and did not even realize this was a new way of “seeing” the world around me. My mom always had pretty bits of things sitting; old pottery, flowers, fresh fruit, etc…I would draw or color them in their arrangement, or group particular things to paint, without knowledge of the word “still life”. The need to create has always been a driving force for me. The creative process is where I become totally focused, elated, frustrated, and alive.

After veering away from the Arts to enter a career in the corporate field, I resigned my position as a travel director to pursue a teaching specialty in Art History and fine arts classroom instruction. I worked for the Anne Arundel County Continuing Education Program from 2001 through last April of this year, teaching art. I left there to pursue painting full time and although it is a struggle, I really enjoy the process. I have been published in several Jack Richeson art books, and the Blue Ridge Mountain painting was purchased by Colorfin Inc., the makers of Pan Pastels. I also have been shown in the Toronto Gallery of Art.

I travel to Europe at least once a year, if possible, to paint on location, and attend workshops to continue in my learning and development of techniques. I painted in Spain last October and will return again this year. I love to travel and explore the many painting opportunities. Being an artist is a wonderful way to depict to others how one views the world around us.

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The landscape artist tries to find interesting and different ways to portray the beauty or other aspects of the geographical concept. Traveling to different locales lets one experience not only the variance in places, but a chance to meet new people, and interact with new cultures. I want to know what is there beyond my own path around the landscape –what happens when you take a different perspective of a familiar place, which allows you to see another side to things. Travelling to other places to paint always presents new challenges beyond the ones you already know. Even a familiar location can give a sense of newness at different times of the year, or day, or with different weather. My travels around other countries maintain my sense of wonder at the world and fuel my desire to find a means to communicate that conveys my sense of wonder at the world.

Painting is not a separate entity from me, but an integral part of my being. I could not conceive a world in which I was unable to use my imagination and project my creativity.

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