“A lot of what I do is not traditional. It’s out of the comfort zone.” For the Wenatchee Valley and much of Central Washington, Breidenthal is a bit of an anomaly. She is a relatively young artist — 36 years old — and she forsakes painting the landscapes and western scenes that many local collectors are known to gravitate toward. “A lot of what I do is not traditional. It’s out of the comfort zone,” Breidenthal says. “It is impressionistic. That’s what it is,” says Jan Theriault, president of the Two Rivers Art Gallery in downtown Wenatchee. “She is a very talented artist. And she’s just emerging.” Breidenthal points to such influences as Japanese woodblock printing, the Arts and Crafts Movement (1860-1910), as well as individual Imogen Cunningham, Georgia O’Keeffe and Chloe Early. The Wenatchee painter also figuratively points to the ground — as in her old stomping grounds. Breidenthal, the daughter of longtime residents Milt and Jan Herman, grew up in the No. 1 Canyon area — “at the toe of the foothills,” she says — with an outdoor mecca as her playground. “We’d go play on the hills all day long,” she says. “I was a kid who could entertain herself for hours. Your imagination just has so much room to grow.” And from that came not only a strong sense of creativity but also an appreciation for the light and flora enveloping the east slopes of the Cascades.
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