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Past Exhibit



Paine Gallery Exhibit
Featured: 2023


Enchanted by the wisdom and order inherent in even the most chaotic of landscapes, I love the natural world’s beauty and its kaleidoscope of colors, knowing that almost any artist can only hope to weakly emulate the astonishments of creation. 

Can the artist hint at their mysteries, evoke feelings of resonance like those inspired at the welling up of a concerto, the hint of a summer breeze, the glint of sunlight on flower petals, the industry of bees? 

I’m drawn to watercolor because of its expressiveness and subtlety and to soft pastels because their pure pigments create explosions of fresh, saturated color. In nature, patterns abound, from Fibonacci to fractals and lighting that takes us somewhere beyond the painting, to ideal worlds, to places where the heart alternately leaps and rests. 

 A resident of the Mountain State, I live in Bluefield and spend as much time as possible meditating on West Virginia’s rivers, waterfalls, mountains, bluffs, and wild skies.

- Andrea Brunais



Pastelist Andrea Brunais is a veteran journalist, author, poet, and photographer. She earned a B.A. in mass communications from the University of South Florida and studied painting with online instructors and pastel artists Alain Picard (Painterly Landscape Course Spring 2020), Marla Baggetta (Trees in Pastel Workshop), and Susan Jenkins. 

She is a juried artist at Tamarack, West Virginia’s premier cultural and art exhibition center, where her paintings and prints are frequently shown. Her work has also been exhibited in southwest Virginia including in Blacksburg, Radford, and Stuart, as well as in Bluefield, Beckley, and Charleston, West Virginia. Her painting “Curvaceous Juggernauts” recently won Bronze in Scottsdale-based Camelback Gallery’s international still life competition and “Alone Yet One With Everything” was awarded Silver in the Shades of Purple competition.


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