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About Quin Sweetman

Quin Sweetman

Life is full of beautiful moments and I strive to capture the vibrancy of those experiences on canvas. In my plein air, life drawing and studio compositions, I hope to convey the unique energy of a subject, whether it be human, landscape or building. Inspired by the great Impressionists and Expressionists, I am drawn most by the abstract shapes, flow of line and color and brushwork, rather than a simple focal point. I'd like people to see life and movement in my work; to feel a sense of being there.

Quin Sweetman’s painting has evolved in response to a wide array of influences including many talented Northwest painters. She grew up in Minneapolis, a middle child, always closely observing people and her surroundings, but didn’t pursue art seriously until 15 years ago when she took a job with a Portland art gallery. Sweetman is now content to spend her days painting and drawing the abundant beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Exhibition/Artistic Highlights:
-Conceived/curated "Beautiful Lives Lost Portrait Project" to honor the 58 people lost in the Las Vegas Mass Shooting through portraiture. Shown in Portland and Las Vegas. 2017/18
-Winner, 2nd Place, Umpqua Plein Air, 2018
-Painting to Save the Trees, group show, Elisabeth Jones Art Center, Portland, 2018
-Two-woman show, Broderick Gallery, Baker City, Oregon, 2017
-Commission, Large Armoire Panel Paintings for Expansion of Ace Hotel to New Orleans, 2016
-Winner, 3rd-prize, Plein Air Washington County, 2015
-”A Year in Paint,” Two-Woman show, Broderick Gallery, Longview, WA, 2014
-Alla Prima Portland: 1st Annual Invitational Show, 2014
-Makers Dozen, Featured Artist, Peoples Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013
-Maison des Artists, Lake Oswego, OR, 2013
-"Portland Jane Eyre Painters," West Linn Public Library and Doll Gardner galleries, OR, 2013
-"Alla Prima Portland," Studio 30, Portland, OR 2012
-Hillsboro Plein Air Exhibition, Walter's Cultural Art Center, 2012
-The Landscape Show, Peoples Art of Portland, 2012
-Big 200+, People's Art of Portland, 2011, 2012, 2013
-Portland Plein Air Painters, Juried Show, 2011
-Launchpad Gallery, "Life & Death," two-person portrait show, April 2011
-Broderick Gallery Rainier, OR, Solo Show, Oct/Nov., 2009
-Broderick Gallery Downtown, Portland, OR, “Street Views” Feb, 2009
-CW Lofts, Minneapolis, MN, Winter/Spring 2008/9
-Kingstad Gallery, Portland, OR, “Expressions of Nature/Expressions of Self,” Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters Annual Juried Show, 2008
-Albina Community Bank, Portland, OR, “Havana Biennial Attendees,” 2008
-Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA, “Naked,” 2008
-Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, “Do North,” 2008
-Portland Plein Air Painters Juried Show, Broderick Gallery, Portland, OR, 2007
-Portland Open Studios, 2006
-St. Johns Window Project, Portland, OR, 2005
-Broderick Gallery, “Salon Show,” Portland, OR, 2004

* See more of Quin's work at: http://www.quinsweetman.blogspot.com