Artist Fo­cus

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS -

Artist Faye Gustafson fo­cuses on the ex­pe­ri­ence of the daily jour­ney of life and the en­vi­ron­ment to tell the sto­ries of the ev­ery­day peo­ple who end up in her work. She says, “The quiet plea­sure of spend­ing a life­time pro­vid­ing wood for camp­fires, the dis­cov­er­ies chil­dren make while at play, feel­ing the crisp­ness of a win­ter day [and] the pause to share a cup of cof­fee are a few of the ideas that have be­come paint­ings.”

In­spi­ra­tion for her work comes from life and her imag­i­na­tion, of­ten com­bin­ing both to tell the story. Gustafson loves to seek out the sub­stance that of­ten lies un­der the sur­face to ex­pose the ex­cite­ment, emo­tion and, some­times, the pain that is part of life. The min­i­mal­ist real­ism of Gustafson’s work is a re­flec­tion of the Western life­style she en­joys.

Grow­ing up on a cat­tle ranch, Gustafson had rich op­por­tu­ni­ties to ob­serve a way of life in­clud­ing cat­tle, horses, dogs and other smaller crit­ters that make up a ranch. It was while draw­ing that her dad taught her to look deep for the tiny hid­den de­tails that tell the story and char­ac­ter of each per­son and an­i­mal that makes them unique. Re­gard­less of the sub­ject mat­ter, she spends time re­search­ing, work­ing out ideas and ren­der­ing nu­mer­ous thumb­nails be­fore de­cid­ing on the fi­nal com­po­si­tion.

Gustafson adds, “I am thank­ful to do what I love every day.”

Down By The River, oil on linen, 16 x 20”

Wood Mer­chant, oil on can­vas, 20 x 16”

Desert Sun­rise, oil on panel, 11 x 14”

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