Second Story Gallery Presents ‘Reflections from the Brush’

Imy Durfee and Cheryl Robertson are watercolor artists

A journey shared with a great friend is always an enjoyable one.

That’s the thinking of Imy Durfee, a Vancouver artist who shares the space in Second Story Gallery in November with her friend and fellow watercolorist Cheryl Robertson. The two women, who met in an art class 15 years ago, will present their “Reflections from the Brush” from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 in the gallery on the second floor of the Camas Public Library.

Robertson, also from Vancouver, said she started her journey by simply watching painting shows and purchasing how-to books along with metal boxes of children’s school colors. Then she enrolled in the Clark College painting class where she met Durfee, under the tutelage of well-known instructor (and past Second Story Gallery featured artist) Lee Baughman.

Robertson seconds Durfee’s opinion,

“To this day we have great fun and paint together often.”

Robertson says she loves to photograph her subjects almost as much as she loves to paint them; she likes the challenge of painting her subjects to come as close as possible to each photo. Durfee, who had been enrolled in painting classes slightly longer, said she attempts to preserve memories with paint and a brush.

“I love the beauty of flowers, old lace draped and surrounding precious heirlooms, and catching the life in the eyes of an animal,” she said.

“Watercolor has so many little surprises as the paint and water settle into the paper,” Durfee added. “It brings your vision alive and is often more beautiful than you imagined.”

The Washington native has lived in Vancouver for over 45 years.

Both artists are members of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society.

They continue to learn from other artists, they travel and paint together but also maintain their own studios.

Both artists will be on hand for the opening reception Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the gallery located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. The show will continue through November during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.