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July 15 thru September 3, 2006

A new exhibition featuring painter Rise Delmar Ochsner’s bold and colorful figurative works opens on Saturday, July 15. A reception for Ochsner will be held from 4 to 7 PM on July 15; there is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. Appetizers and Alma Rosa Wines will be served.

Born and raised in New York City, Ochsner began painting seriously at a young age. At that time, she never considered painting for a living. Instead she attended Tulane Medical School in New Orleans and practiced medicine there in her chosen specialty of ophthalmology. On a visit to California, Ochsner was captivated by the light, the colors, and the foliage of coastal Santa Barbara County. She was inspired to leave New Orleans — her home for 30 years — and her medical career to relocate to the Montecito hills and paint full time.

“When I paint, I know why I’m alive,” says Ochsner. That joy is evident in her energetic style and she is noted for the large canvases on which she works. Working in oil and acrylic, Ochsner delights in painting portraits, landscapes, antique cars and polo ponies. She tells her portrait subjects, “It’s a poem about you; it isn’t everything about you. . . a momentary glimpse.” Her trademark portraits of famous chefs include Julia Child in her kitchen, Thomas Keller of the famed French Laundry restaurant, and Louisiana native Paul Prudhomme. Such works can be seen on the walls of award-winning restaurants across the county.

Ochsner, who recently relocated to the Santa Ynez Valley, is noted for her loose and lush style which shows off well in the scale and colorful boldness that typifies her work. “Go Figure” showcases Ochsner’s figurative works, with subject matter ranging from swimmers, to polo ponies to motorcycles.

The exhibition will remain on exhibit through September 3.

DownloadDownload the Rise Delmar Ochsner Exhibit Postcard (1.6MB)

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