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October 9, 2013

Capturing the light

BENTONSPORT — Gin Lammert sees light in a way most people may not.

As a painter, Lammert looks for the subtle changes light creates, and she's always searching for what may not be obvious at first glance. She can capture the light in a moment of time and portray that beautifully on canvas.

Lammert is best known for her pastel and oil work in portraits and landscapes. She's been painting since the mid-1970s and studied under Richard Dutton at Indian Hills Community College. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Bentonsport Iron & Lace. With the Des Moines River in view, Lammert paints by a window in the store and greets visitors. It is an ideal setting to work in and one that she deeply appreciates.

Her primary subjects are portrait, still life, allegorical and landscape/plein air in soft pastel and oil. Lammert's work is on display at the White Oak Gallery in Albia, the M & J Art Gallery in Ottumwa, the Burns Gallery and Tea Emporium in Bonaparte and the Courtyard Gallery and Studio in Bloomfield.

“I have a strong influence from the impressionists,” Lammert explains, “I've evolved from a detailed pencil work to a more traditional impressionistic style, and it shows in my landscapes and still lifes.”

Lammert began very early and like most children, she loved coloring books. She then began drawing sketches of eyes and horses. She worked with pencil and pen ink for 15 years and then in 1995, she bought a book about pastels and taught herself.

“I'm a visual person, always have been,” Lammert explained. “Drawing has always been easy for me. With painting, I feel like I'm still learning and it will be a never-ending journey. Most of my work is representational. I like to go for likeness.”

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