In Bountiful Harvest, LaDuke turns her canvas to the organic and local food movement taking place in southern Oregon. Her stories and vibrant color paintings celebrate local farms and farm workers.
In 2010 painter Betty LaDuke was invited to spend time with the men and women who harvest the orchards, vineyards, and farms in southern Oregon. Betty took to the field with her sketch pads and captured the spirit of each worker in her brilliant and vibrant wood painted panels . She also listened to their stories and the stories of small, organic farmers. Bountiful Harvest brings together the stories and paintings from the vibrant local food movement taking place in southern Oregon.
“The stories are illuminating. . . . You will be dazzled by LaDuke’s paintings.” A wonderful review in the Portland Book Review. Read the full review here.
LaDuke’s has always been an art of cause and conscience. Her work asks the viewer to value and celebrate the beauty of other cultures, while recognizing humanity’s enduring hardships. In 2009, she wrote that her images, “(both personal and political, past and present), . . . bridge people as well as continents. We are one”— From the Foreword by Bonnie Laing-Malcomson