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Lou Riffe Gates

ARTIST STATEMENT: "I have spent 35 years of my life pursuing a deep and undying desire to paint what I love through expression of the visual arts. A great deal of what I have learned is from many devoted hours of never giving up until I totally understood materials, techniques and application. I have always strived to capture a feeling of reality and depth in my work, but sometimes go beyond to the abstract.

"Most of my painting life, I have experimented with many techniques to put my feelings and emotions on paper or canvas. I have always been interested in a variety of subjects and places, so this has enabled me to explore many areas. The subjects most dear to my heart involve things of antiquity, like old houses, buildings, windows and handcrafted items. I also love to do landscapes that create mood, texture and movement in the eye of the beholder.

"I have exhibited in many shows and participated in numerous classes and workshops. My memberships include Beckley Art Group, Signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, Allied Artist of WV, Southern Watercolor Society, and American Pen Women. Many of my paintings are in individual and corporate collections."


Morning Dip at the Shore


Turner Farm Salute


Southern Coal Field Memories

Hide and Seek
on Wades' Pond