Nevada Art by LaVonne LaTulip Vasick ~
Sierra Nevada Inspired Watercolors
When I was growing up in the Midwest, the only girl in the middle of six brothers, my mother saw a creative spark in me and kept me out of trouble by providing a variety of art supplies for those occasions when I needed a “time out.” Even when I wasn’t in trouble, I often choose to be creative with paints and various crafts. I continued my creative path and studied Graphic Communication at Platt College in San Diego, which put me on the road to professional marketing. Enjoying nature, I moved my young family to live near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Over the years I explored and grew to love this vast, rugged area and its historic significance. That landscape continues to influence my work. I invite others to experience the textures, atmosphere and mood of the High Sierra through an imaginative immersion in my art.
I am fortunate to have studied with other Nevada artists who have mastered glazing colors. One in particular, whom I call “the ‘artist whisperer,” helped me to give a free rein to my creativity. My husband’s support, a mentor’s encouragement, and my own unwavering faith that talent is a gift continue to encourage me to pursue my passion for painting.
I am influenced by seasonal light and how it changes the appearance and atmosphere of each subject, altering textures and forms and layering complexity. I am attracted to the silent beauty of the snow. The challenge of capturing wildlife action is alluring, and I am similarly drawn to Nevada history and ranching scenes.
La Vonne La Tulip Vasick lives with her husband, David, over the ridge from Lake Tahoe, nestled beneath the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains. In her home studio, which overlooks the ranching community in the Carson Valley, she is inspired to create original paintings. She then has her work digitally saved and professionally printed using only the finest quality German Etch paper and inks for her limited edition fine art giclée prints, exhibition-quality canvas. The designs are also made into collectable notecards by another local printer using highest quality paper stock and envelopes. Her medium is watercolor and she is a versatile painter of unique impressionist Nevada landscapes, flora, wildlife and lifestyle.
“Lighting, atmosphere, and the expression of spirit and emotion are all critical elements to my work. I invite you to experience the majestic textures, atmosphere, mood and lifestyle of the Sierra Nevada through my impressionistic watercolor technique."
I enjoy the challenge of painting the complex textures, forms, and patterns found in nature, such as the bark of trees, the perfect placement of petals, dust from the motion of horses, the atmosphere of a snowy day, and the color pallet of our western sunrises and sunsets.
Watercolor is a challenging and unforgiving medium, but also immeasurably rewarding. I allow the painting to reveal itself, to emerge, using methods which are often unconventional, pushing the limits of paint and paper. I compile photographic composites before sketching the design on paper then using a glazing process I apply layer upon layer of color. Finishing off with texturing the surface to capture natural variations. I use a limited palette of four transparent colors and an occasional opaque, to capture the colors and tones of Nevada.
Horse Tales Publication, Cover, January 10 – February 10, 2020
Sharon De Carlo: Horse Tales Publication, January 10 – February 10, 2020, p. 4
Nevada Mustang Fine Art Show and Fundraiser, Facebook, June 15, 2015
Genoa Cowboy Festival Events Program, Cover, April 30 – May 3, 2015
Genoa Cowboy Festival Events Program, April 30 – May 3, 2015, p. 12
Horse Tales Publication, Cover, April 10 – May 10, 2015
Sharon De Carlo: Horse Tales Publication, April 10 – May 10, 2015, p. 4
Sharon De Carlo: Horse Tales Publication, December 10, 2014 – January 10, 2015, p. 4