Oil painter Vickie Chew loves the challenge of depicting the light, character and personality of what she sees. Everyone can view the world through her particular lens in her show at the Sutter Creek Gallery that opens May 4.

“Whether it be a barn, trees, lakes or ocean, there is something special that attracts me to the scene and feeds my desire to correctly capture it,” Chew said.

She explained that artists fall in love with scenes they see for a variety of reasons.

“The scene usually has some type of emotional connection that originally attracts the artist, maybe time spent there as a child, a first kiss, family outings or just the beauty of the area.”

Chew paints with brushes and palette knives, and rarely uses or mixes her oils with other mediums.

For the new show of her works, Chew chose to present some of her flowers.

“Being stuck inside painting with all of the rain this year, I have been painting flowers and wishing spring would hurry up and get here!”

She finds painting to be a joy, a challenge and a mental escape, all in one activity. She finds the zone in which nothing else exists, except the challenge before her.

She began painting more than 20 years ago as a break from work, and it has evolved into her passion.

“I continually strive to gain miles on my brush and learn from other artists whose works and abilities I admire,” Chew said.

The public can meet Chew during a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. May 4 at the gallery, 35 Main St., Sutter Creek. The reception is free to enjoy.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For additional information, visit suttercreekgallery.com or call 267-0228.

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