Shades of wild Western Australia, combined with the gentle themes of Santa Ynez Valley, are on display in Los Olivos.
Wendy Foster, a women’s clothing store in Los Olivos, is hosting “Wallflower,” the solo exhibition of artist Alana Clumeck. A reception, open to the public, will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Born to an artist family in Margaret River, Western Australia, Clumeck was surrounded by the arts from an early age. However, it wasn't until early 2014 when she unearthed a bounty of hidden talent. Since then, Clumeck has built upon these skills to become a reputable artist within the Santa Barbara community, where she now resides.
Her current collection, “Wallflower,” is infused with the spirit of the summer months of the Santa Ynez Valley, and her love for the western way of life. With hues pulled from the valley’s golden hill, and flowers inspired by the valley in full bloom, she has created a delicate tapestry that contrasts against the fierce and bold animals she loves to paint.
“’Wallflower’ is a play on words,” Clunck says of the exhibition title.
“In old Australian slang, a wallflower is a bit of an introvert but of striking resemblance and full personality if you dig deep enough to get to know them," she said. "I wanted the series to embody something unique, something that wasn’t just aesthetically appealing but had more substance to it.”
Largely self-taught, Clumeck’s contemporary paintings incorporate soft elegance with attention to color and detail that juxtapose against the strength found in her powerful subjects of horses and wildlife. These elements bring together the essence of true beauty, which is both masculine and feminine.