Featured Artist - September
Barbara Lawrence Plein Air Paintings and Statement
Barbara Lawrence was born in San Francisco and has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B. A. degree from San Francisco State University and an M. A. degree from San Jose State University. She is inspired by the rich tapestry of life in the Monterey Bay Area and paints both on location and in her studio. Her work also includes figurative paintings. She paints full time in her studio in Santa Cruz. Barbara was the featured artist in the spring 2015 landscape issue of the on line ARTIST PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE. She is a colorist at heart. Her paintings truly stand out with bold and colorful brushstrokes.
When asked what inspires her to paint relentlessly every single day, here’s what she had to say : “My earliest memories involve wanting to put colored marks on a white surface so color plays a large part in my passion to paint. However, I have to say that the foundation of my inspiration is formed from the emotions that arise when observing the magic of our natural world. To live in California, surrounded by a superabundance and variety of natural phenomena, challenges me to use color, composition and the sensuality of oil paint to express my awe. My inspiration is largely based on the realization that we, as humans, need to honor and preserve our natural world that is becoming more and more precious.”
Barbara will be doing OPEN STUDIO at her studio located at 622 Windsor Street Santa Cruz from 11 am till 5 pm on the weekends of October 8 & 9th and October 22 & 23th
"I'll bet you can't paint a portrait - The Genesis of Bay Area Figurative Art Now;" the Art Space Gallery, San Francisco, juror Theophilus Brown, California Landscape of Dreams." presented by the Winfield Galley (Carmel) at the Fresno Art Museum, "California" at Cabrillo College, juror Ruth Braunstein.
|"Light House Field"
30 x 30"
|“On the edge of the fog"
20 x 20"
|“Road to Tassajara"
36 x 30"
Featured Artist - August
Shuang Li Plein Air Paintings and Statement
Born, raised and classically trained in China, Shuang Li received her BA Degree in Graphic Design and Master Degree in Art History. After moving to the United States, Shuang then received her MFA (Master of Fine Art) Degree from The Department of Art, University of Oregon in 1991.
Following the traditional “En Plein Air” Impressionism approach, Shuang paints watercolor both on locations and in her studio, portrays the extraordinary variety of life with her unique perspective. With masterful classic and contemporary techniques, Shuang recreates nature’s beauty in her paintings by capturing moods and moments of light and color with her singular poetic expression.
A signature member of National Watercolor Society and San Diego Watercolor Society, Shuang's watercolor paintings have long been favored by collectors, also regularly exhibited in national and international galleries and group shows, with many honorable awards.
With her extensive teaching background, Shuang has been regularly invited by art organizations for her popular plein air painting demonstrations, art workshops and classes, and frequently served as an invited juror for art competitions and art exhibitions.
Shuang Li lives with her husband in Escondido, California. She can be reached via:
Recent Exhibitions (partial)
2017 “Near Mission Bay”, Salmagundi Club 39th Open Annual Non-Members' Exhibition, NY, NY
2017 “Daybreak”, 42th Exhibition, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
2017 “Wet Evening, Paris”, American Impressionist Association Small Work Exhibition
2016 “Dawn at River, Southern China”, National Watercolor Society 96th International Exhibition
2016 “Sunny Florence, Italy”, American Impressionist Association 17th National Exhibition,
2015 “Summer Small Works”, N.A.W.A Gallery, National Association of Women Artist, NY, NY
2015 “California Dreaming”, L Street Gallery, San Diego, CA
2015 “Painting the Town (Solo Exhibition)”, Lehman Gallery, Fallbrook, CA
2015 35th International Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society
2014 “The Road Traveled (Solo Exhibition), Junkang Museum, Xinjiang China 2014
2014 34th International Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society 2014
2013 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2013
2013 Watercolor West International Exhibition
2012 32th International Exhibition, San Diego Watercolor Society
2012 Watercolor West International Exhibition
National Watercolor Society (Signature Member)
San Diego Watercolor Society (Signature member)
Watercolor West (Signature member)
American Watercolor Society
American Impressionist Association
California Art Club
California Plein Air Painters
|Drizzle at Park 15”x22”, watercolor on paper. Painted at Balboa Park, San Diego||“Kit Carson Park” 16” x 24”, watercolor on paper. Painted at Kit Carson Park, Escondido California||“Awaiting at Shelter Island” 12”x18”, watercolor on paper, Painted at Shelter Island, San Diego California||“Morning at Grassland” 15”x22” watercolor on paper. Painted in Ramona,California.|