Variety – The Spice Of Life

Variety – The Spice Of Life
January 08, 2019

Variety – The Spice of Life by Lassie Corbett

January 8 – February 4 • Jo Ann Rose Gallery 

Reception: Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Variety – The Spice of Life by Reston artist Lassie Corbett will be on display RCC Lake Anne’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery January 8 – February 4. Lassie Corbett  captures a mood, glowing light, subtle color and, above all, the chi, or spirit in her paintings. Lassie does much of her work on location, getting inspiration directly from nature. In spring and fall, she is frequently seen sketching or painting at Great Falls and other scenic locations. Her primary medium watercolor, although she regularly paints using Oriental brush painting techniques on rice paper. As Lassie’s work becomes more complex, she incorporates subject matter from her photographs and sketchbooks into her painting. She sometimes ventures into acrylic abstracts and mixed media.

Lassie’s interest in art was sparked by a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Her Brownie camera only produced tiny photos in black and white so, out of frustration, Lassie began drawing the things around her. She soon found that the drawings were far better than the photos. She purchased her first set of watercolors and good-quality paper and began painting. She returned to the Philippines two years later, where her painting blossomed under the tutelage of Professor Chen Bing Sun at the Chinese Art Guild. Lassie is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, where her paintings have been accepted in their national juried shows. Lassie’s paintings have been included in a book written by Professor Chen.

Lassie’s artistic training culminated in an Master of Fine Arts in Painting from American University, but she continues to study under well-known artists and teachers. Lassie operated her own art school and gallery, A Place to Paint/Herndon Old Town Gallery, from 1983 – 2005. She has taught classes at the Herndon Community Center, the Vienna Arts Center and Reston Art Gallery. Before retiring, she taught art classes for Compass Home School for six years. She has been a member of Greater Reston Arts Center, Herndon Council for the Arts, the American Watercolor Society, a juried member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and a signature member of Virginia Watercolor Society.

Travel is another of Lassie’s loves. She has taught painting workshops throughout the world from as far away as Nepal to the closer-to-home Colorado mountains. Some highlights include teaching painting workshops in Greece and sketchbook journaling a 2010 trip to Turkey. She also taught painting workshops in Ireland, England, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Peru and Hawaii.