Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Ferguson displays versatility of style and subject in new exhibit

Seattle-area artist Michael Ferguson displays his versatility in his new exhibit “Impressions” at American Art Company. Many of the paintings are the Northwest nature scenes he is known for, while others show him venturing into urban areas for his inspiration. Ferguson is adept at using acrylic and oil paint. His brush strokes can be light or heavy in either medium. “Kachess View,” which depicts a mountain lake, and “Seahurst Logs,” a beach scene, are both oil paintings on boards. Ferguson uses heavy brush strokes on both. “Cascade Lush” is an acrylic painting on canvas. It depicts a creek with pale blue water. The rocks are purple and pink, while the trees have green branches with hints of purple. “Box Blanket” is a departure from the nature scenes that are Ferguson’s typical subject matter. It is a still life work, acrylic on board. Odd-shaped red and green apples rest on a table with flowers behind them. “Three Waves” is an acrylic on board piece that depicts two waves of green water crashing onto the shore. In the distance is an ominous gray cloud. Brush strokes of orange and blue add color to the ocean. “Rialto Logs” is a beach scene in acrylic on board. Large rocks jut upward from the ground along the shore. They are brown, with hues of green, purple and orange. The logs and other objects on the beach have an odd, almost vague, appearance.

Along one wall are several small, oil on board paintings. Here we see Ferguson depart from the nature scenes for some urban scenes of Tacoma. “Alling Park” depicts a park in the city, while “11th Street Bridge” shows the structure on Thea Foss Waterway as seen from the south. Boats docked at the marina in the foreground have a hazy appearance. A large piece that takes up an entire wall is “5 O’clock Moon.” The moon is at the top of this acrylic on canvas painting, with bare red trees in the foreground. Another large work of acrylic on board is “Dandelions and Bluebells.” Here again we see Ferguson using a different style, depicting the plants in bright shades of orange and bright and muted shades of green. “City Maple” is an autumn scene in acrylic on board. It depicts a red tree that has shed most of its orange leaves to the ground. “Impressions” runs through Jan. 19. American Art Company is located at 1126 Broadway. It is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.