The latest Spotlight Show from the Yaquina Art Association showcases watercolors by Sharon Cook and Robin Beckwith alongside work by wood engraver Eric Paukstaitis.
Sharon Cook discovered watercolor in 2003 and knew from that moment she would become an artist. When she retired from her position as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines in 2015, she began the pursuit of her dream: painting every day.
“Beginning a new career late in life means a lot to catch up on and a lot to learn,” she said. “Watercolor is magical, and my goal is to show that magic with spontaneity and surprises.”
Robin Beckwith has been painting for many years, juggling her art alongside work as a bartender, waitress, tile contractor, jobs in a plywood mill and lots more.
Her love of art began with finger painting at the age of six in Manhattan Beach, California. In high school, she took classes at California Institute of the Arts and majored in art at the University of Oregon. She moved to Newport in 2001 and now paints a banner each year for the Nye Beach Banner project.
Primarily, Beckwith works in watercolor, pastel and fabric paint. She paints murals in acrylic and occasionally works with oils or tiles.
“Art gives me a reason to exist and a way to make special things for people,” she said. “The image often is something that means a lot to me or the person it is for.”
After 40 years as a hydrogeologist, Eric Paukstaitis wanted to do something different upon his retirement to Otter Rock. Having dabbled in various fields including photography, woodworking, laser etching and woodblock printing, he decided to combine his skills to experiment with a unique artistic medium — hand-painted, engraved wooden panels using a combination of original photos and hand sketches. The show will contain some of his smaller etchings.
The Spotlight Show will run through Friday, Nov. 3, available to view from 11 am to 4 pm every day at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, 789 NW Beach Drive.