The very first artist of the month for the Strathmore Library is Deb Klics. She brings her unique style to the library for all to enjoy, and potentially purchase as well.

While she has many different styles and themes, the ones on display at the library are mainly nature-focused, and feature abstract landscapes and collages that are based on the beauty of the garden. One quick look at her art shows that it may not be what you traditionally think of as far as landscapes and flowers, and Klics explained that's because her style isn't defined by one trait.

"I just keep experimenting with different techniques, sometimes I do workshops and then there's a different technique, or I see a different technique that somebody does and then I try and make it my own. I try and take what their technique is but use it with my own subject matter," she said.

art"Enchantment" by Deb Klics

Her art being a blend of many different inspirations also comes through in her process, as her mixed media art combines collages, acrylic paint, photography, watercolors, and more. There's a lot that goes into it, but Klics enjoys the process of creating and art in general.

"Art and creating are a big part of my life, it helps me be in the present moment. So when I'm creating I'm not really focused on outside problems or what's going on around me.  I'm in the moment of creating, which is great for me."

While the current art on display is all about the beauty of nature, Klics said there isn't a concrete message behind it she's trying to convey. While that's what she's creating, she hopes the viewer has something unique to take away from her pieces, regardless of whether or not it's nature related.

"I want you to look at it and take away what you would like to take away from it. They're all kind of nature based, but if that's not what you're taking away, I'm ok with that, if you have your own interpretation that's good with me."

art"Wish you were here" by Deb Klics

There's a chance you may have met Klics before, as she's also active in the community doing art workshops. She's been involved in high school art classes before, as well as running workshops for Arts on 817.

To see more of Klics art visit her website here.  

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