Oklahoma City, OK – A new exhibit in the Governor’s Gallery of the State Capitol elicits the work of noted French Impressionists Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir. The exhibit Landscapes and More, by Tulsa artist, Joan Matzdorf is on display through December 26 in the gallery located on the Capitol’s second floor. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Similar to Monet and Renoir, Matzdorf’s renderings demonstrate her ability as a “painter of light.” According to Matzdorf, “There is nothing more beautiful than sunlight playing on an object and color dancing on the canvas. With brush, paint, and canvas at hand, it is pure joy to capture the emotion of the moment.”

For her exhibit Matzdorf applied classic techniques such as en plein air, or “in the open air,” which was developed by Impressionist painters of the 19th century Barbizon school who often painted outdoors to capture the natural characteristics of sunlight on a subject.

Matzdorf says she feels blessed to be an artist. “Being an artist opens your eyes to everything in daily life. For me, this means combining realism and imagination, the essence of blending shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, line, and atmosphere. Working this way allows me to go beyond the physical object.”

Matzdorf took her first art class at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa when she was five years old. After graduating from Central High School in Tulsa, she studied at the Albright Art Institute in Buffalo, New York. She later traveled to Europe where she spent a year developing her skills in plein air painting. Upon her return to Tulsa, Matzdorf continued her painting education while taking courses under Alexandre Hogue at Tulsa University, and by attending workshops taught by artists such as Matt Smith, C.W. Mundy, and Scott Christensen.

Matzdorf’s artwork has been featured at the Philbrook and Gilcrease museums in Tulsa, the Saks Gallery in Denver, Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Elkhorn Gallery in Colorado, Marion Gallery in Glenview, Illinois, and the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City. Her art is part of the permanent collection at the Albright Art Institute in New York. Matzdorf is currently represented by galleries in Oklahoma, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Glenview, Illinois.

Matzdorf is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, Women Artists of the West, Plein Air Painters of America, and a signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado. In 2008, she was inducted into the prestigious Chicago Palette and Chisel Club which was founded in 1895 to further fine art in the Midwest.

For more information contact Alyson Atchison at (405) 521-2931 or alyson.atchison@arts.ok.gov.

Joel Gavin
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma Arts Council
(405) 521-2931