Artist Debra Van Tuinen’s New Olympia Gallery Offers Much Needed Light and Inspiration
By Hillary Ryan
Showcase Magazine, Spring 2021
Layers of blue, grey and silver leaf create deep and translucent layers that almost obscure the tiny boat in Debra Van Tuinen’s “Adrift” which is currently on view at her new gallery in downtown Olympia. The work, which seems to change from different angles, was created during the long months of the pandemic. For Van Tuinen, it reflects the creating waves of confusion and deep sense of isolation many people struggled with and experienced in 2020.
Additionally, as travel restrictions limit explorations and adventures, it is through her work that new views can be found and savored. Focused on the personal exploration of landscape, many of these works can transport you instantaneously to other places for that much needed change of scenery.
Van Tuinen Gallery
Quick studio shots left a lasting impression of the powerful energy of internal and external landscapes when I dropped by Debra's studio last weekend.