Reif Erickson, Natures Palette
ROSEVILLE, CA, Dec, 4th, 2012— The Blue Gallery is very proud to present a one person show called “Natures Palette” by Reif Erickson
Reif Erickson is a nationally known artist with works in public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States, and Japan.
REIF (pronounced ray-f) has been pursuing his art career for the last twenty years. Reif contributes much of that success to combining his continuing practice of painting in “plein air” with close observation, refinement of color relationships, and technical expertise with the pastel medium, to achieve masterful landscapes of California and the Southwest.
Reif has been recognized continually throughout his career for his talents, and has won awards in numerous competitions. Reif, was honored by the Pastel Society of the West Coast as a Distinguished Pastellist. He also is a full member of the long-standing and prestigious California Art Club.
A native of Eastern Washington, Reif returned to university studies at the age of 26 and graduated with honors from Gonzaga University in 1981. Shortly thereafter, the Russian born colorist Sergei Bongart influenced Reif to paint outdoors. Reif is recognized continually for his talents including: Award of Excellence (Best Quick Draw) La Quinta Desert Plein Air (2001); Best of Show, Yosemite Renaissance XVI traveling exhibition (2001); acceptance into the California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition-Pasedena (1995,2001,2002); as well as one of 50 paintings chosen for the International IAPS Pastel Biennial Exhibition (2001). Reif was the 1991 honoree by the Pastel Society of the West Coast as a Distinguished Pastellist. He is a member of the prestigious California Art Club, a charter member of the Sierra Pastel Society, and past president of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.