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Gwenn in her studio

Gwenn in her studio

Beauty alters the grain of reality.
—from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

People have shaped the world with their creations throughout human history. I explore intersections between the natural and man-made by painting realistic images, whether portraits, still life, landscape, florals, or animals, that reflect our human inhabited world. More often, I find myself personifying the objects in my work.

Traveling near and far, I delight in both the exotic and mundane, gathering shells, acorns, and seeds, as well as man-made objects that catch my fancy. In my artwork, traces of humanity mingle with natural elements like flavors in a pot.  With a dash of curiosity, and a pinch of humor, I see these familiar things in new ways adding beauty and a story. The results often reflect my mood, whether lyrical, whimsical, mysterious, or serene.

Having met many challenges in life, the importance of having fun through it all has become increasingly clear. Currently, my main challenge – and source of fun – is to express my pleasures through my art, simply starting with the desire to paint. I research my collection of photos and mix of objects until something catches my attention, then focus on my choice of subject matter to enhance those aspects that are pleasing to me.

As a former math major who loves to paint, I appreciate the relationships between organic and geometric forms, as well as other technical and compositional relationships such as size, color, balance, and texture. As I engage in the process of communicating that vision with my paint, I am particularly interested in the movement of light around and through objects. I love sharing the results with you, stirring a memory, feeling, or mood, and encouraging you to observe your world more closely – always remembering to have fun.

RESUME

I received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, in 1967, and a Certificate in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1968. Additional art training has included academic painting instruction in New York from Angelo John Grado, student of Frank Reilly, and further instruction in the tradition of Frank Reilly from Neilson Carlin in Chester County, PA. I have received academic drawing instruction from Adrian Bernard Martinez. In addition, I have also attended classes at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Chester County Art Association.

In the early 1970’s, I was the Assistant Production Manager for Seventeen Magazine in New York. From 1973-2003, I was the art director of my own graphic design studios in both New York and in West Chester, PA. In that capacity, I served as Art Director for Commodore Magazine in West Chester from 1987-1989. I painted commissioned oil portraits during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In 2003, I was elected Magisterial District Judge in West Chester, and I served in that capacity from 2004 until I retired at the end of 2015, followed by one year of service as a Senior Judge. Currently, I am on the Board of the Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA, and am a member of the Longwood Rotary Club in Kennett Square, PA.

Credits

2015 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - juried shows
2016 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - juried shows
2016 Sunset Hill Gallery, West Chester, PA - Holiday Miniature Show
2017 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - juried shows
2017 Sunset Hill Gallery, West Chester, PA - Holiday Miniature Show
2018 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - juried shows
2018 Chester County Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2018 Chester County Medicine magazine (Summer edition), Featured Artist
2018 Square Pear Gallery, Kennett Square, PA - Home is Where the Art Is Show
2018 Square Pear Gallery, Kennett Square, PA - Wrap It Up Show
2018 Sunset Hill Gallery, West Chester, PA - Holiday Miniature Show
2019 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - juried shows
2019 Honorable Mention, Self Portraiture show
2019 Excellence Award, Fine Art & Fine Craft show
2019 Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA - The Art Show
2019 Chester County Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2019 CCAA Exton Square Studio Gallery, Featured Artist
2019 Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford, PA - 5th Annual National Juried Exhibition
2019 Sunset Hill Gallery, West Chester, PA - Holiday Miniature Show
2019 Chester County Art Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2020 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - juried shows
2020 Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA - The Art Show
2020 Chester County Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2020 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - Christkindlmarkt
2021 Chester County Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2021 Comprehensive Wealth Management Group Calendar, Featured Artist
2021 Devon Horse Show, Devon, PA - Art Gallery at Devon

Upcoming
2021 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - Christkindlmarkt Holiday Market,
2021 25 Days of Minis Art Show, Virtual Holiday Event
2022 Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA - The Art Show,
2022 Historic Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs, PA - 49th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show
2022 Chester County Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2022 Devon Horse Show, Devon, PA - Art Gallery at Devon

Commissioned and non-commissioned artwork is held in private collections, and is on display at Strode’s Mill Gallery and at Visual Expansion Gallery, West Chester, PA