We are pleased to include these fabulous watercolor paintings by artist Ginny Brennan in our upcoming First Friday FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY artist reception on October 7th. Stop by and see Ginny’s work on the 2nd floor plus that of over 20 other FLOOTIE artists.
Ginny took a few minutes to tell us about her work and background, learn more about her in the brief interview below:
Can you describe your work and creative background?
Watercolor painting has been part of my life for over 20 years and I am primarily self-taught. I have been fortunate to have attended many wonderful watercolor workshops and classes across this great country with absolutely the most talented teachers.
My art life began while growing up in Sunny Southern California into a very colorful and artistic family. I’ve also had the fortune to live in other beautiful west coast cities. Also moving around the Pacific Northwest allowed me to see a darker greener side of nature and I truly appreciate the beautiful dew and forest greens. Residing in the central US in Chicago instilled in me an urban appeal for painting buildings and lastly thriving in Southwest Virginia, rural Appalachia, where there is natural beauty abound.
My joy in studying the work of Winslow Homer, Charles Reid, as well as English Artist, Richard Taylor and other well know artist, allows me to continue to develop my understanding of this medium. I currently belong to Spokane’s River Ridge Association of Fine Art. I also belong to Spokane Scribes and am very thankful for having previously belonged to two co-ops; the Arts Depot, Abingdon, VA and the Seahurst Art Gallery, Burien, WA.
The uncertainty and excitement of watercolor successes and failures keeps me striving for an even better composition or capturing a great light or finding just the right color. I am always searching for a beautiful landscape, a great human interaction, or a lovely flower.
What role do you think the artist have in society?
Artist can play an important part by bringing to life current events, unjust ways, or by capturing history, as well as successes and failures. Artist can also foster beauty and happiness with their creativity, playing off their own imagination and surroundings to the delights of viewers.
I have concentrated on watercolor as my primary art form, however, I create acrylic art, encaustic art and recycled-upcycled art.
Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you?
I was fortunate to work with Susie Short, Watercolorist in Seattle. Susie now resides in Texas.
Having resided around the country, I find outdoor natural beauty inspires me. I do also like to paint buildings after living in Chicago twice and studying watercolor building painting by English Artist, Richard Taylor.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I’ve worked with friends and clients painting from their own photos and love having them be pleased to hang my art in their home.