Eagle Ranch Gallery featured artist for the
month of December is local artist, Tiffanie
Owen. Since last year's debut, Owen has
continued to refine her skills in the technique
known as oil rub-out.
Owen's featured piece at this year's show is entitled
"Trinity" and features the well-known St.
Francis de Paula church in Tularosa. "The
number three has always been significant in our
lives. My mom, sister and I considered
ourselves an element of three. My entire
birthdate is divisible by three. In
astrological belief, a trine indicates harmony
and is a source of innate creativity and
artistic guidance," Owen said. It wasn't until
I completed the painting that I noticed the
repetition of threes in the painting; three
bells towers, three butterflies, three crosses.
Of course, with the spiritual significance of
the Trinity, the name seemed to be a perfect fit
for a painting of a church."
Owen learned oil rub-out technique in Arizona from Master
Artist, Lou Maestas. "I first saw
Lou's work in Taos and I think it caught my eye
because it looked different from anything else
I'd ever seen," said Owen. I think I was drawn
to it because I love photography and history.
The colors used in oil rub-out remind me of
old, sepia photographs."
The origins of oil rub-out are unknown, but at one time, art
students were required to master this study in
values before being allowed to paint in color.
"Removing the distraction of color allows the
artist to focus on light, which is ultimately
the soul of a painting," said Owen. "Oil rub
outs are created by putting color down first and
then using a rag to 'rub out' the lighter
values," said Owen. "Subjects with soft, round
edges are a lot easier to paint because they are
more forgiving. I don't know why I'm attracted
to painting old buildings. All those straight
lines and angles really give me a challenge."
Owen's interest in art started as a very young child and has
been a constant throughout her life. "My
grandmother, Floreine Hall, taught me oil
painting when I was 9 years old. Looking back
on those old paintings, I see potential, but
they were pretty rough," said Owen. "No matter
how they looked though, my mom and grandmother
framed everything we did and hung it proudly in
the house. I know that their encouragement is
what kept me pursuing art over the years.
Parents and family can uplift or devastate a
child with a single word or action. My family
has always supported me 100% in everything I
have ever done."
The show will be on display for the month of December at the
Eagle Ranch Gallery at 7288 U.S. Highway 54/70.
Gallery hours are the same as store hours, 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.