Ardis DeFreece

My current artwork and research focus on the intersections of nature and human intervention. I am inspired to create work that reflects the changing nature of our environment and the everyday objects, people, creatures and places in that environment. I am fascinated by what we see every day, but that we don't really appreciate. We don't see the beauty, the disaster, the wonder, the conflict, the shadows, the lights, and the colors right in front of us. I attempt to capture some of these things in my work and hopefully share a bit of the un-seen world. Painting and drawing are my voice. Whether painting a mural, a landscape, a large narrative piece, a portrait or a small intimate work, I hope to convey something special about my subjects and tell their story. As an educator, I hope to encourage my students to find their own voice through their work as well.

Primarily, I am a representational painter and draftswoman born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, currently living in the Columbia River Gorge. Since childhood I have been making art and I come from a long line of artists. I have a BA in Art and an MFA in Visual Studies. I have studied art in the US and Europe in colleges and the classical atelier system. Every year I continue to learn more about art through my own work, other artists, and teaching. Teaching art is an important part of my life and I am always inspired by my students. I also enjoy speaking to audiences through conferences and artist talks far and near.

Landscapes, murals, still life, portraits and decorative work make up the larger portion of my artwork. I love the challenge of working on miniatures or medium sized work one day and murals or large canvases the next. My artwork can be found in homes, businesses and spiritual places regionally, nationally and internationally. Each year I show my work through juried art festivals, galleries, and alternative venues. 

I do accept commission projects and enjoy working with clients.

For info about classes, shows, artwork sales or commissions

Contact: (360) 907 - 1660 or email: ardisdefreece@hotmail.com

* All Images on this website are the property of the artist and protected under copyright.

 

Ardis DeFreece 1996 - 2017 Artist's Resume

Education: MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, 2017

BA in Art, (minor: Art History) Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA, 1996

Continued painting and drawing education through Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX (figure and portrait) and Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy (classical realist drawing and painting)

 

Representation:

Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR and Sustain Design Collective, Hood River, OR. I also exhibit my work through juried art festivals and gallery exhibitions throughout the Pacific Northwest. Each year I complete commission projects in public and private spaces in the region and beyond.

 

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR

Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR, adult classes/workshops in drawing & painting, 2009 - present

Children’s Art Camps for Columbia Center for the Arts and Cascade Mountain School 2015

Hood River Art Club Seminars 2010 - 2015

Workshops and classes for adults and children from my Trout Lake studio, 2011 - 2016

Columbia Center for the Arts 2011 Pre College Artist Portfolio Workshop

Workshops and classes through my Portland studios from 2004 - 2009

Fire & Earth Art Center, Weekly Drawing and Painting Classes, Portland, OR 2006

Falcon Art Community, Classical Figure Drawing Workshop, Portland, OR 2005

Multnomah Arts Center, weekly classes in Painting and Drawing, Portland, OR 2004 - 2008

Hipbone Studio, weekly classes and workshops in Classical Drawing, Portland, OR, 2004 - 2005

Elementary Art Teacher, R. E. Lee Elementary School, Houston, TX, 2000 – 2001

 

Publications & Lectures:

Presenter, AESS (Assn. for Environmental Studies & Sciences Conference, Tucson, AZ, June 2017 

Artist Talk, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR, July 2017

Presenter, Ecological Society of America Annual Conference, Portland, OR, August 2017.

The Sinister Sublime, book of paintings and field notes from my explorations on the Columbia River (seeking publication 2017)

Artist Talk, Oregon State University, webinar 2017

Artist Talk, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Earth Day, panel, Portland, OR, 2017

Artist Talk, NOAA Residency talk, PNCA 2016

Newport, OR Radio Program Hotline, 2016

Gorge Magazine, featured artist, Spring, 2014

Oregon Home Magazine, featured artist, Summer 2010

 

Residencies & Awards:

Art & Science Student Fellow, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, 2016-2017

National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) Artist Residency, Newport, OR Summer 2016

Watershed project, Columbia River, OR & WA / Wairua River & Shipwreck Bay, NZ, project grant 2016

Excellence in the Arts, Alumni Award, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, OR, Spring 2016

Artist in Residence, Hood River Valley Schools through Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR 2009 - 2011

Artist in Residence, Project Grad Fine Arts, Houston, TX 2001

Artist in Residence, Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX 2000

 

Exhibitions, Festivals, & Commissions

2017

Group Show, Ecological Art, Indivisible Gallery, Portland, OR August 2017

Solo Exhibition, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR, June 2017

Pacific Northwest College of Art, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Portland, OR 2017

Columbia Center for the Arts, Group Show, Hood River, OR March 2017

2016

Hatfield Marine Science Center (NOAA residency), Newport, OR, permanent exhibition, August 2016

Momentum, Pacific Northwest College of Art, MFA VS First Year Exhibition, Portland , OR

Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour,  Hood River, OR

Instrumental, Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR, invitational exhibition

2015

Continuing to teach classes and workshops through my studio in Trout Lake as well as in various locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

January: Taught workshops on Figure Drawing and Portrait Drawing at Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

April: Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour, juried tour of artist’s studios in the Columbia Gorge region

          "Luminous Yellow" Group Show, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

May: Art Fest Spokane, juried art festival, Spokane, WA

         "A Potter and a Painter", two artist show, Big River Art Gallery, Goldendale, WA

June: Juried into “Best of the Gorge” exhibition at Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR.

July

Whitefish Art Festival, juried art festival, Whitefish, MT

Trout Lake Art Festival, juried art festival, Trout Lake, WA (previously juried in)

Art and Wine Fusion, art festival, White Salmon, WA

Children’s Art Camps for Columbia Center for the Arts and Cascade Mountain School

August: Westport Art Festival, juried festival, Westport, WA First Place Booth Award

 

2014

Gorge Magazine featured artist, February

Windows Gallery, Group exhibition, White Salmon, WA

Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR, Group Exhibition, Preview show for Gorge Artists Open Studios

The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles, OR, Group Exhibition, Preview for Gorge Artists Open Studios

Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

Juried tour of artist studios in the Columbia Gorge Region of WA and OR

Artfest Spokane, Juried Art Festival in Spokane, WA, Awarded "Best 2-D Artwork" for the festival

Solo Exhibition, Cafe Voila, Portland, OR

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, "Tiny Vision" juried show at Lakewood Art Center, Lake Oswego, OR

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, juried art festival, Trout Lake, WA

Art and Wine Fusion, art festival, White Salmon, WA, July

Hood River Harvest Fest, juried art and craft festival, Hood River, OR, Oct

 

2013

Jan - May and Nov-Dec

Teaching art classes to children and adults at my studio Destino in Trout Lake, WA.

 

June

Solo Exhibition

The Gorge White House, Gallery and Tasting Room

Hood River, OR

 

July 13 &14

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

Farmgate Organics (Historic Farm), Trout Lake, WA

Juried Regional Festival (my 5th year participating)

 

July 18

Completed a large mosaic project for the White Mountain Druid Sanctuary, Trout Lake, WA

July 20th 

Art & Wine Fusion, White Salmon Art Festival, Awarded "Best Booth"

White Salmon, WA

 

August 17th & 18th

Maryhill Art Festival

Juried Regional Festival on the grounds of Maryhill museum. Goldendale, WA

 

October 18 - 20

Hood River Harvest Festival

Juried Art Festival

Hood River Event Center, Hood River, OR

 

December 7

Holiday Open House

Destino Art Studio and Gallery

Trout Lake, WA

 

In 2013 I completed several commission projects for private clients.

 

2012

Jan - May and Oct - Dec

 Teaching art classes to children and adults at my studio, Destino, in Trout Lake, WA

 

June

Completed a four and a half month project painting murals on the ceiling and East wall of the Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple in Trout Lake, WA.

 

July

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

Trout Lake, WA

Juried Regional Festival

 

August

Maryhill Arts Festival

Juried Festival on the grounds of Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA.

 

December

Holiday Open House

Destino Art Studio, Trout Lake, WA

 

In 2012 I completed several commission projects for private clients as well.

 

2011

May 10

Gorge Hero’s Club Art Auction, Granada Theatre, The Dalles, OR

I was the art organizer and a contributing artist for this event. We raised over $10,000 for veterans and their families.

 

July

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

The Farm B&B, Trout Lake, WA

Juried Festival, over 50 artists from around the region

 

August

Maryhill Arts Festival

Grounds of Maryhill museum, Goldendale, WA

Juried Festival, my second year participating

 

September

Opened Destino Art Gallery and Studio in Trout Lake, WA

Began teaching classes for adults and children with business partner and fellow artist Deborah Nelson.

October/November

Workshops through Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

Figure Drawing for High School Students

 

November

Columbia Center for the Arts 2011 Pre College Artist Portfolio Workshop

 

December

Holiday Open House 

Art and Craft sales event at Destino Gallery and Studio in Trout Lake.

 

2010

January, 2010

Drawing for Drawing's Sake

Columbia Center for the Arts

Hood River, Oregon

 

March 5 & 6, 2010

SE Area Art Walk

Fire & Earth Annex

2502 SE Division St., Portland, OR

 

 

March 25, 2010

Hood River Art Club Seminar

1pm, Available to Hood River Art Club members

 

May, 2010

Hand Drawn

International Juried Exhibition

Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA

Artist's Reception: 5-9pm May 7th

 

 

June, 2010

Painting from the Garden

Solo Show

Garden Cafe at Good News Gardening

1086 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR

 

 

July 10 & 11, 2010

Classical Drawing Techniques Workshop

Columbia Center for the Arts
Hood River, OR

541-387-8877

 

July 17 & 18, 2010

Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

A juried art festival with many regional artists

The Farm B&B, Trout Lake, WA

 

 

August 21 & 22, 2010

Maryhill Art Festival

A juried art festival with over 60 regional artists

Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

 

September 16, 2010

Cultivate Klickitat, Featured Artist

Skyline Hospital Fundraiser

Skyline Hospital, White Salmon, WA

 

October 9, 2010

Be a Muse, Featured Artist

Heart of Hospice event

 

November

Columbia Center for the Arts 2010 Artist Portfolio Workshop 

For Hood River Valley High School Students

 

2009

 

Workshops and classes through my Portland studio

 

July 14 & 15, Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

Juried art festival, Trout Lake, WA

 

August 2009

Maryhill Art Festival

A juried art festival with over 60 regional artists

Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

 

2008

Workshops and classes through my Portland studio

 

Multnomah Arts Center

Taught Weekly Classes in Painting and Drawing

 

July 14 & 15, Trout Lake Festival of the Arts

Juried art festival, Trout Lake, WA

 

Private Art Sale to collectors, Trout Lake, WA

 

2007

Fire & Earth Art Center

Taught Weekly Drawing and Painting Classes

 

Multnomah Arts Center

Taught Weekly Classes in Painting and Drawing

 

2006

Multnomah Arts Center

Taught Weekly Classes in Painting and Drawing

 

Fire & Earth Art Center

Taught Weekly Drawing and Painting Classes

 

Taught Workshops and Classes through my Portland studio

 

Private Art Sale to collectors, Portland, OR

 

2005

 

Hipbone Studio, Portland, OR

Taught Regular Classes and workshops in Classical Drawing

 

Multnomah Arts Center

Taught Weekly Classes in Painting and Drawing

 

Falcon Art Community

Classical Figure Drawing Workshop

 

2004

 

Hipbone Studio, Portland, OR

Taught weekly classes and workshops in Classical Drawing

 

Multnomah Arts Center

Taught weekly classes in Painting and Drawing

 

Cargo Inc, Solo Exhibition, Portland, OR

 

“Modern Zoo,” Group show at Cathedral Park Place, Portland, OR 

(formerly Columbia Sportswear warehouse)

 

Private Art Sale to collectors, Portland, OR

 

2002 - 2003

Studied Classical Drawing at Charles Cecil Studios, Florence Italy

Learned from and painted with many great artists while in Italy.

 

2001

Artist in Residence, Project Grad Fine Arts

Houston Independent School District

Classes in painting at Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

 

2000

Group Show, Earl R. Flansburgh and Associates, Boston, MA

 

Festivals of Light, Artist in Residence

Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX

 

1996

Jose Drudis Biada Gallery, Senior Exhibition

Mt St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

Graduated with a BA in Art