Natalie Bieser: Secrets in the Sierra Nevadas / by Tasha Ostrander

Natalie Bieser | Roberta, watercolor on arches watercolor paper, 40"x60", 1982 | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

Natalie Bieser | Roberta, watercolor on arches watercolor paper, 40"x60", 1982 | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

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The Sierra Nevada mountain range in California runs up and down the center of the state for many miles. When I lived in the shadow of those peaks I felt as if the mountains were one of the best kept secrets around, as the Sierras don’t seem to have the notoriety of say the Himalayas, the Alps or the Rockies. Although like all grand ranges the Sierra Nevada have their beauty and their secrets or maybe it’s my secrets.

Living in the foothills near big mountains for years results in an inescapable influence on ones life and most certainly on one’s painting and paintings. As the peaks made their own weather it showed up in my images as drama between shapes and color, space and textures. These influences show themselves not so much as picture of a mountain but how a mountain can make me feel, as in protected, overwhelmed, distant, separate, a part of, or sublimely ah struck, naturally the moods are endless.

The Sierra Nevada paintings carry within them an intimacy of experiences, Time spent exploring creeks and canyons, perfect perches and meditation spots. They fed me both metaphorically and literally, dear friends to me are the Sierra Nevada.

 - Natalie Bieser

Natalie Bieser | Lippitt Ashmore, watercolor on arches watercolor paper, 40"x60", 1982 | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

Natalie Bieser | Lippitt Ashmore, watercolor on arches watercolor paper, 40"x60", 1982 | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016