Haynes Galleries on Main Street/Route 1 will open its 2016 summer season with two solo shows: “Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance” and “John Baeder: Work from 1962 to 2015.” A joint opening reception is planned for Thursday, June 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; the shows will continue through Aug. 13.

“Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance”

Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HAH-kah) began her artistic journey at the Florence Academy of Art, graduating in 2010 and then teaching life drawing. She later studied under renowned artists and explored the great museums of Europe. Now based in Washington, D.C., she travels around the United States and Europe teaching artist workshops and working on her original paintings.

Oaxaca’s elaborate compositions combine costumed and heavily made-up figures reminiscent of Rococo, Victorian or Romantic characters with still life elements to create pastel-hued vignettes of drama. Painted with the realist accuracy of a classically trained artist, they also have a painterly touch that reveals Oaxaca’s own hand. She does not always have a particular idea in mind when she begins a painting.

“Frequently my compositions are spontaneous,” she said. There’s a general starting point but “arrangements form from there until, with excitement, I see and have the idea. The design is both planned and subconscious.”

Oaxaca keeps vintage clothing and objects on hand when she paints. She collects from the time periods she believes figure painting was at its strongest, particularly the Victorian era. In addition to colorful large-scale paintings, Oaxaca will show still lifes and expressive charcoal drawings, many of the latter being close-ups of her models’ faces.

Hours at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St., will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays or by appointment. For more information, email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com; call (615) 430-8147 or 354-0605; or visit haynesgalleries.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.