Patricia Kellogg has made a second career out of painting landscapes and cityscapes in and around Kamloops and the region.
But her upcoming exhibit at the Old Courthouse Gallery will include watercolours outside her usual repertoire.
The retired postal carrier has included paintings of a broken blue cup, an old horse, an abandoned toy box and a butterfly on a lilac bush with an abstract background.
Although not a trademark snow-covered field or old homestead, the paintings do have Kellogg’s signature, realistic style. And they do capture one distinct image that made an impression on the artist.
“An artist should be able to offer up the images that are of interest to them,” Kellogg said Tuesday. “I believe in exhibiting that stuff.”
Kellogg’s Landscapes and Other Images begins Thursday at The Old Courthouse Gallery at 7 Seymour St. West with an opening night celebration on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A self-taught watercolour artist, Kellogg has painted consistently since her first show at the now defunct Oasis Gallery in 1984.
She told The Daily News there was a time when her exhibits consisted only of landscapes and cityscapes. Now that she’s established herself, Kellogg believes she’s free to exhibit what she wants.
“If I never sold a single painting I would keep on painting because I love it,” she said. “It’s a telling of my story.”
At least 60 per cent of Landscapes and Other Images is made up of landscapes of some kind, including one snowy scene Kellogg captured in Barnhartvale.
Kellogg prefers to paint from September to May, when the temperature and humidity is ideal to work in watercolour. If she sees something she likes, Kellogg makes a mental note of it and returns in the fall.
She said this also allows her to focus on one image instead of feeling like she needs to capture the whole environment.
“With my paintings I need to narrow down to one subject,” said Kellogg.
Landscapes and Other Images continues at the gallery until Nov. 24.