Newman Vahle's paintings often evoke that sense of "been there" or "done that." She paints intimate scenes of people and places that are really quite ordinary, but comfortable in their familiarity.
Her interest in psychology and history is evident by her choice of subject matter and artistic elements employed. For instance, at first glance, a realistic acrylic painting of two young boys on a slide together seems to be no more than just a typical scene here in Florida. The pose of the children compel the viewer to look up at the sky. It is a rocket launch; not an unusual sight in Central Florida. The astronaut-like rendering of their jackets and the cold clear cloudless sky adds a sense of the unusual. It is when one reads the title of the painting that the viewer realizes that we are witnessing the last launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger moments before it exploded!
This multi-award winning artist primarily paints her own world of people and places with which she is familiar. Because she has lived many places throughout her life, Newman Vahle has quite a wide variety of subjects.
Newman Vahle works in many mediums, but primarily in watercolor and acrylic. Her style is realistic and often quite detailed, perhaps as a result of her experience as a drafter and technical illustrator. Local history adds depth and meaning to her work. The Brevard Hotel, a shipwreck, the Cotney Grocery, and the old mail boat, are all subjects that were portrayed just before their demolition.
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