Hazel Schlesinger, born on the Oregon coast, paints with an impressionistic and expressionistic style filled with bold flowing brush strokes, rhythm, and energy. She is foremost a “colorist” and infuses landscape and abstract scenes with brilliant and vibrant light. Schlesinger has received numerous awards for her paintings, which can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. She continues to participate in workshops and art groups in Europe and the USA to further her knowledge of painting.
Her work may currently be viewed at these locations:
Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery – Portland, Oregon Northwest By Northwest Gallery – Cannon Beach, Oregon
Art Gallery H – Tubac, Arizona
Aum Gallery – Denver, Colorado
Bank of America Financial Center lobby – Vancouver, Washington
Unitus Building lobby – Portland, Oregon
Cana’s Feast Winery – Carlton, Oregon
DePonte Cellars– Dayton, Oregon
The Crush Events – Hood River, Oregon
Dominio IV Winery – McMinnville, Oregon
St. Honoré Bakery – Lake Oswego, Oregon
The Horse Radish – Carlton, Oregon
Oregon Wine Reserve – Lake Oswego, Oregon
World Class Wines – Lake Oswego, Oregon
“Haze “ is a yearly participant in the Cannon Beach Plein Air Invitational. She teaches Plein Air workshops in Cannon Beach
Artist for Savor Cannon Beach a 3-day annual wine, food and ART event Artist for Spring Unveiling annual event
Artist for Stormy Weather annual event
Honors / Participation in brief:
• Award for Excellence in Art Education, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii
• Featured in Oregon Home Magazine
• Oregon Food Bank Artist Award
• Portland’s SEI Featured Artist
• JDRF featured Artist
• American Impressionist Society
• Oil Painters of America “Leverage” TV show
• International Discovery Credit Card TV Commercials American Express Credit Card TV Commercials
• Stouffer & Nestles TV Commercials and several television commercials
Growing up on the Pacific Northwest Coast, I found my passion for oil painting at a very early age. The shorelines, fields and vineyards of my native Oregon as well as the European countryside have inspired me. In these, I find the scenes and subjects for my paintings.
While creating a painting, one of my goals is to give a sense of energy and emotion. I attempt to capture the attention of the viewer by enhancing the subject at hand using a pallet of predominately warm vivid colors and large rhythmic brushstrokes. My paintings are representational of an actual place, but by simplifying the shapes of nature I transform most landscapes into a more contemporary or abstract realism.
In my studio on the banks of the Willamette River, I continue to express myself through the use of color. As a painter I challenge myself to create a variety of emotion and visual interest in every painting. I continue to be fascinated by the next painting yet to be done.