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Gwenn in her studio

Gwenn in her studio

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

I paint what I see. This is a simple thing to say. But as we look around us, what do we see? As an artist, I focus on seeing better as part of learning to paint better, and that is my ongoing adventure.

And what catches my eye? It could be the way sunlight transmits through a leaf, or the shape of a shadow falling across a face. Exploring close to home, I gather shells and acorns, pottery and buttons. Traveling, I delight in both exotic and mundane experiences. I bring these to my paintings. The world offers bounty, and we use it in endless creative ways. More and more, I find myself enjoying painting at that intersection between the natural and man-made worlds. I am engaged by the beauty, story, and humor there, mingling like flavors in a pot. With a dash of curiosity, sometimes I see familiar things in new ways.

How do I work? Whether painting people, places or things, I try to communicate the subject's inherent energy. Sometimes I start with something currently appealing to me and arrange it with complementary and/or contrasting elements. Other times, I spot a scene or theme that I use as the foundation for a painting. I aim for art that is accessible, cohesive and harmonious, creating a sense of space with a cooperative relationship among the shapes, colors and textures within. And I love the feel of oil paints. My connection with art materials themselves is visceral.

As I have met many life challenges, it has been increasingly clear how important it is to have fun with and through it all. My main challenge these days—and source of fun—is to express my simple pleasures in my paintings, and to share them with those also having fun engaging with the stuff of life.

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. Also in Chester County, I have received academic drawing instruction from Adrian Bernard Martinez. In addition, I have taken several painting 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 was also commissioned to paint a number of 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. Currently, I am on the Board of the Chester County Art Association, West Chester, 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 Art 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 Art 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 Art Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2020 Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA - Christkindlmarkt
2021 Chester County Art Studio Tour, Chester County, PA
2021 Comprehensive Wealth Management Group Calendar, Featured Artist
2021 Art Gallery at Devon Horse Show

Upcoming
2021 25 Days of Minis Art Show
2022 Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA - The Art Show
2022 Art Gallery at Devon Horse Show

 

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