Just this past Sunday, March 12th, local Smith Mountain Lake artist Jane Stognar unveiled a brand new work from her studio entitled “Breathing Room” at The Little Gallery located in the Bridgewater Plaza. The painting is a true inspiration work from the artist. It features a view over the lake with Smith Mountain in the right background with a myriad of colors in the morning sky giving the viewer an opportunity to experience a little of the feeling we get being here at Smith Mountain Lake.
The really great news is that we all can share in this work as the painting has been produced as prints and is available in Smith Mountain Lake.
The website for Roanoke.com featured an article from staff writer Courtney Cutright detailing facts about the work and the process behind this artist’s methods for achieving such wonderfully inspired work. Below is an excerpt:
“The color and boldness of her skies” are what Kay King, museum co-owner, said make Stogner’s paintings stand out from the others. “Her color palette is quite extensive,” King said.
Stogner, a Franklin County resident and former art professor at Ferrum College, primarily paints oil landscapes. “In the last 10 years, I have settled in with the idea that there is so much to see in my own back yard,” Stogner said.
Although she travels abroad frequently, her paintings focus on the mountains, streams and lakes of Southwest Virginia. “I want to paint what I know and love,” she said. “What I know and love is this county of Virginia.”
The painting can be viewed on The Little Gallery website, but we also advise that a true appreciation of any painting cannot fully be recognized until viewed in person! Stop by Bridgewater Plaza today and see this and many other original works.