Artist Bobbie Rich will be showcased in a solo exhibition on Sunday, February 8th at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica.
See image: "Taken" oil and acrylic on canvas 48x36 inches
The artist is looking forward to showing her work at Upper West. She was first introduced to the restaurant by friends… “My favorite selection thus far is their burger. I'm very picky about burgers and rarely love them… but Upper West's is the perfect size, marinated well and oh so juicy,” Bobby confided.
The Santa Monica resident was born in Atlanta, Georgia, Bobbie Rich has lived in Texas, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia and Illinois all before the age of 15. Bobbie was drawn to the West Coast by the University of Southern California and promises of learning from accomplished artists, art and academic scholarships and the LA art scene. Bobbie is now rooted in Southern California, creating in her Santa Monica home studio, as well as, her Palos Verdes Estates teaching studio.
Bobbie’s painting “Taken” originally started with a blind contour drawing. “These two young, society ladies are out on the prowl and have clearly both spotted someone of interest,” explained the artist. “The loose abstract background is acrylic diluted with water and painted, dripped and splattered across the canvas. The women were drawn directly with a paint brush in oil. You can clearly see the dark prussian blue sketch. The figures are entirely oil paint, except for the patches of acrylic background peaking through.”
See image: "Duality" mixed media 30x12 inches
Among many of Rich’s projects, she is also an Artist-in-Residence of Resonate Church LA. “We will have a big gallery even around Easter displaying the 10 windows and a collaborative art piece.” She recently did some live painting for a collaborative work. Eight additional artists will paint live to complete the piece. “Everything is really exciting and new, explained Rich. The group meets at Bergamot Station on Sundays 5:30pm.
Rich continued, “I know that Resonate Church and the position of Artist-in-Residence is an ideal fit for me. I know I can serve God and His church by reaching a multitude of residents in West LA and beyond - both Christian an non-Christian. I have a strong work ethic and have definitely proven my commitment to what I love and believe in by supporting myself fully as an independent artist living in Santa Monica. I am beyond prepared for this new and exciting chapter as Artist-in-Residence of Resonate Church!”
The opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 8th at Upper West located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. http://www.theupperwest.com/