Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Elaine Frenett

Sunflower Drama, 21" x 20"

Nature was a basic element of her Colorado childhood, so it comes as no surprise that Elaine Frenett is compelled to paint by the earth's beauty. In 1987 she made a committed decision to pursue previously-abandoned artistic yearnings, and after earning a degree in Graphic Design/Illustration, her illustrations were published from San Francisco to New York. Between assignments, she began to paint the nature images she loved. She received such a strong response from her audience -- as well as personal satisfaction -- that she turned her focus to fine art. Her work is representational yet stylized, with exaggerated values and colors, sensitive details, and juicy washes.

Dahlia Jewel #2, 7" x 5"

Elaine's watercolors have been juried into numerous shows, including the Biennial Watercolor Exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California, the California Watercolor Association Annual National Exhibit, Watercolor West, and Watercolor USA in Springfield, Missouri, and she has won numerous awards. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Triton Museum, as well as in private and corporate collections internationally. Since moving to Oregon in 2005, she has shown in several galleries and been juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and her career has expanded to include teaching classes in journaling -- combining writing with sketching in watercolor. She will lead her first international retreat to Manzanillo, Mexico in April 2009.

Pear Sundrenched, 14" x 13"

Gnarled Silhouette, 32" x 20"

Journal Entry, 12" x 20"

Go to Elaine's blog to see more of her work and learn more about her upcoming workshop.