Artist Staci Friedman exhibits a collection of her watercolors at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington, March 3-April 2, 2020. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 3-5pm.
“My interest in art began early,” Friedman reveals. “An excerpt from a biography written when I was only eight reads, ‘When I grow up I want to be a famous artist and have my art in a museum.’ I was always drawing and painting and loved spending time in my mother’s in-home art studio.”
After graduating with a fine arts degree and a concentration in graphic design, Friedman entered the world of publishing in New York City. In 2006, she relocated to Columbus and spent many years as a senior graphic designer in corporate retail. While volunteering at a local art studio, working with artists with disabilities, she reignited her passion for fine arts. After a ten year hiatus, Friedman began painting again and taught herself to use watercolors.
“I work primarily in watercolor to experience the challenging blend of spontaneity and control,” Friedman explains. “I appreciate the transformation I see with this medium as I add layers and see the paintings come to life. My paintings are a fusion of abstract and realistic elements. My inspiration comes from the beauty and delicate details of flowers, as well as the organic nature of abstract art. I begin my realistic pieces with a sketch, based either on a live reference or a photograph. My abstract work begins with a blank surface and a rough idea that I have in my head. As I work, it's exciting to see which elements emerge.”
“We’re happy to bring Staci’s beautiful paintings to the Art Space for the first time and be the host of her first solo show,” says Christie Bruffy, owner and manager of Highline Coffee Co. “From the time we opened more than four years ago, we wanted to exhibit the varied work of local artists and we’re thrilled that so many have participated so far.”