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Linda Lee Drake Memorial Gallery

at El Sol Mexican Restaurant

Oil Paintings by Kate Merriman


Watercolors by Irina Yastremski

June 9—October 6, 2024


Kate Merriman

I work full time as a program manager for a large software company, but in my spare time I find joy in getting outside and painting plein air or just quickly drawing a local scene in my sketchbook.

I have always drawn and painted. It is meditation, appreciation and expression all in one act. We all need a break from our inner critic, to freshly encounter the world around us, feel alive, and be grounded in the here and now. Every time I summon the courage to paint, I get that gift. 

Every painting is a little triumph over cynicism in that simple act of creation, even when a scene investigates and captures how the manmade interrupts nature - as we see everywhere in the Bay Area: giant container ships moving into port as osprey soar overhead, or giant oil tanks flaring on our golden oak-studded hills. 




Irina Yastremski

I emigrated from Moscow, Russia to the USA in 1975 and attended Kansas City Art Institute, graduating in 1978. I have worked in several different mediums and had shows on the East Coast, especially Vermont at the Southern Vermont Art Center. I used to paint still lifes in acrylics but since moving to Richmond I have been painting exclusively in watercolors because I enjoy the freedom.


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