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About Adelle Platt, artist



"Oh the Joy"



Adelle’s recent work titled "OH THE JOY" is diverse in subject matter, ranging from landscapes to the native plant life growing on the North Coast. The inherent bold colors of the soft pastel give her work visual drama. She uses this color to convey her love of nature and the pure joy of artistic expression.

Much of Adelle’s work is about the details and complexity of forms that are found in nature. In her own words, "I feel that my art today has been greatly influenced by my work as an Interior Designer. The drafting requirement (in Interior Design) was an essential tool in conveying my design ideas to a client. Since much of design work is about the details – be it the design of wallpaper, the layout of the furniture or the location of design and construction elements in a space, it feels very natural to use this same sensitivity and focus in my art work. I find the details inherent in natural forms fascinating and this, combined with nature’s bold colors, is what is so joyful to me."

The concept for much of Adelle’s pastel work comes from an object or scene that she has recorded via photography while on her walks along the coastal bluffs. However, once in the studio, the paintings come alive. "It isn’t very long once I’ve started a painting that my intuition kicks in."

When doing colored pencil drawings, she often works from the actual object, trying to capture the detail in what she is seeing and rendering it as close to reality as possible. Even then, she uses her own intuition and color sense to complete the drawing.

Adelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sonoma State University with an emphasis in oil painting and a Master of Arts, Interior Design from Mount Vernon College/George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to The Sea Ranch, Adelle was the owner of Adelle Platt Interiors, a hospitality design firm in the Bay Area. Her design work can be seen in such hotels as the St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco and the Westin Crown Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Since moving to Sea Ranch in the fall of 2004, her work has been shown in various shows at Gualala Arts including the juried show, Wet Paint, The Best of 2004 and the 44th Annual Art in the Redwoods. She is a member of the North Coast Artist’s Guild and the Pastel Society of the West Coast.


"Red Apples on White Cloth"


"Roseville Beauty"

Awarded Third Place in Pastels and Drawing category in the 2008 Art in the Redwoods Exhibit, Gualala, California.