Angelita Surmon

 Angelita Surmon ( explains, "I like to dance on the line between representation and abstraction, and the natural world is my best teacher. Walking in the landscape, observing seasonal changes expands my relationship with a place, as well as my vocabulary of color, line, light and form. I enjoy close scrutiny of nature’s random calligraphy in tangled nests of branches and thickets; the inner workings and structure of the landscape. My intent is to capture my meditations on nature in my paintings and layered works in kiln formed glass.


Angelita Surmon

What artist do you most identify with?

Since I work on the edge, I’m rather schizophrenic. I identify with abstract expressionism, impressionism, painterly representation, and a touch of Asian calligraphy for spice.

Where can people find you hanging out?

Outside of the studio, I’m walking in the woods with my camera. Favorite spots are Reed Canyon on the Reed College campus, Oaks Bottom, and Forest Park. If it’s rainy, you can’t beat our public library, or Powell’s Books.

If you could own a work of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?

That’s a tough one, and I can narrow it to 2 artists who have been sources of inspiration. The first is David Hockney, and I would be happy with pretty much any of the Yorkshire landscape paintings. The second is Canadian artist Gordon Smith. I would love one of his bold landscapes of water and tangles.

What is your favorite museum in Seattle?

I’m a fan of the downtown Seattle Art Museum. There have been some great special exhibits. Indigenous Beauty, American Masterworks, and Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and Mystical. There are some great paintings in the collection by Morris Graves and Mark Tobey that I always like to revisit.

What is the best home for your art?

The best home would be with people who appreciate work with subtleties and complexities, and want to take time to go into the work, and wander.

What kind of art could we find in your home?

You will find an eclectic collection. There is indigenous art, work by my friends, and work by northwest and American artists. The subject matter most often is either figurative or landscape in nature.

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Waterstone Gallery (Portland)
  • Fountainhead Gallery (Seattle)
  • Alysia Duckler Gallery (Portland)
  • Laura Russo Gallery (Portland)
  • Linda Hodges Gallery (Seattle)

Group Exhibitions:

  • American Craft Council Art Fair (San Francisco)
  • Fountainhead Gallery (Seattle)
  • Elder Gallery (Charlotte)
  • Bergstrom-Wahler Museum (Neenah, WI)
  • Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts (Kalamazoo)

Permanent Collections:

  • AT&T (New York)
  • Oregon Health Sciences University (Portland)
  • Washington State Public Art Collection (Seattle)
  • Nike Corporation (Beaverton)
  • Yale University (New Haven)