01/18/2008 -- Silver Heron Gallery features the artwork of Bob Coonts
Coonts is considered a master at combining both realism and the abstract in one piece, and his preferred medium combines acrylics, watercolor and oils.
A native of Colorado and an art graduate from Colorado State University, Coonts devotes his time to fine art work and teaching at Colorado State University. He is best known for his unique, stylized, often whimsical portrayals of animals. Shapes within the animals are broken into decorative patterns filled with jewel-like watercolors and acrylics using sumptuous gold and black; yet, the essence of each animal is immediately recognized.
"We are thrilled to be the first to exhibit Mr. Coonts fine art here on the Oregon coast," said Talley Woodmark, owner of the Silver Heron Gallery. "His paintings are outstanding and mesmerizing, with a masterful use of color and forms. His work exemplifies our commitment to exhibiting the finest national and international artists available."
Coonts, a nationally honored graphic designer, recently turned his focus full time to creating fine art. As a member of the Thunderbird Artist Group, he has shows at the Arizona Fine Arts Expo, the Colorado Governor's Show, and The Trail of the Painted Ponies to name a few. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and its counterpart in Jerusalem, as well as the White House, the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress.
The Silver Heron Gallery is located at 15 SE Bay Street in Depoe Bay. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday this winter season.
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