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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 1B 00GIONAL i!iiili!iiii Artist takes viewers on a 'waierJour0000 y' "Free Flow" Photos of artwork courtesy Lucinda Wood Lucinda Wood's water91o,#re extraordinary examples of an artzst's mastery ofedm'he precision detail and vi- brant colors along:the Ssticated composition of her work combine'to he;,iy in the league of world-class watercolorists. Tact that she lives here and exhibits her creations here 'stroke of luck for all of us. Her show 'er'Journeys" opens March 2 with a reception 5 - 7 pm. at t Main 8reet Artists gallery in downtown Q: ......................... ,, .................. Born in No[own, Pa., (near Philadelphia) to a landscape designer and zne-economics teacher, Wood knew at the age of 5 that she wanted to be an artist and followed that career path with determination, After high school she studied at the Tyler School of Art, part of Temple University in Philadelphia. There, all teachers were required to work in their respective fields, which set the bar high for both academic and artistic accomplishment so that graduates emerged with rigorous training. Wood gradu- ated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in illustration and design. Her first job was a five-year stint at Dakota Design in Penn- sylvania, where she produced logo designs, corporate identity brochures and soft advertising for Scott paper company. Her first show at the age of 23 was in a corporate gallery at Chilton Publishing in Radnor, Pa., featuring flower studies -- close-ups of live and cut flowers as she explored how they opened up and reached for the light, a process she found sym- bolic of her own journey. Next, she worked for American Visual Art, a studio setting of several artists who produced art for commercial products such as gift-wrap, party goods, greeting cards, decorative tins and china. It was a good experience for Wood, who liked work- ing with other artists and being able to concentrate solely on making art while a full-time staff took care of finding work and handling the business side of the enterprise. It was here that she got a commission from Lenox china company to produce an annual commemorative plate featur- ing the state flower of each of the original 13 colonies. This se- ries, the Colonial Bouquet Plate Collection, was started in 1994 and completed 13 years later in 2007. A display of all the plates will accompany Wood's show at the Main Street gallery. In 1993 Lucinda met and married Dave Wood, who worked for the National Park Service. When he was offered a job in Moab, Utah, (population 7;000) the couple headed west. There, Stay Close: California Quail" Wood became entranced by the wildflowers, lush vegetation and vivid colors of the area and plunged into painting until the birth of her children, Brian and Sylvia. During those early years, she continued to work for Lenox, producing one plate per year, and enjoyed raising her son and daughter. After 13 years in Moab and a life filled with outdoor adven. tures with her family, the Woods moved to Quincy where Dave got a job with the Forest Service. By this time the pun- ishing heat of summers in Moab wore down their enthusiasm for that area and the redwood and pine forests of Plumas County were a welcome relief. They settled near Gansner Park in Quincy and Wood was soon absorbed with painting her surroundings while Dave became the implementation team leader for the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group pilot project, In Quincy, Wood began painting the local landscapes that inspired her. In 2010, she had her first show at Plumas Arts. "Gleaming Falls" Today, she continues to paint different locations around the county under different weather conditions. Sometimes she likes to include animals in her work, typically heron or quail. She finds first light and last light the best times of day to paint and frequently goes back to the same spot to check the details. She loves the morning fog, which makes a scene mysterious by hiding all but a hint of trees or mountain peaks. The dra- matic play of light as it creates windows in the fog is a chal- lenge to capture but some- thing that she finds intrigu- ing. She is equally fascinated by the way water transforms a landscape. The colors, shadows and sounds of wa- ter not only challenge her ability to capture them but are also a source of joy and pleasure. In all her work she strives to communicate to the view- er that the unexpected beau- ty in nature (the curling of pine branches, the mysteri- ous fog, the dramatic sun- sets) is the sign of a loving and generous Maker. Lucinda Wood F "Ponderosa Study" r J I  " "Winter's Morning Glory" For more art and events, see page 14B.