05/08/2008 -- Embedded In Nature

Embedded In Nature

At The Silver Heron Gallery in Depoe Bay, Cole Black's richly textured, mixed media wall sculptures are inspired by nature, reflecting the edge of the shoreline, a sparkling stream or geological formations.

Describing nature as her mentor, Oregon artist Cole Black creates mixed media pieces that appear to be fused glass, echoing the edge of the shoreline, sunlight playing on the surface of the water or geological formations. At The Silver Heron Gallery in Depoe Bay, Black's "Nature In Motion" series are bas relief wall sculptures that often include semi-precious stones, shells, rocks and tiles encased in a glass-like bed of resin.

Drawing inspiration from places and rimes that have moved her, Black infuses her love of nature and life experiences into her work with texture, color, and flow. "I like to get inspired by trying to capture moments in my life, sharing experiences that stir me," Black said. Her pieces are inspired by places ranging from coastal beaches and forests to the desert southwest.

Black has spent years experimenting with textures and finishes to perfect the techniques used in her wall sculpture. Her pieces are often grand in scale, many spanning 60 inches including diptychs and triptychs from the Nature In Motion series. Another series of works she refers to as "fusion pieces" utilizes simple color combinations that flow, swirl and meld shapes. Black also creates more traditional abstract paintings on canvas. These works range from subtle textures to vibrant colors and geometric patterns.

Black has been a featured artist at the Portland Street of Dreams and also creates custom work for homes and businesses.

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