Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - JEAN SOLLER

Jean Soller
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
I was a member of the organizing board of GCWS in 2002. Under Marilyn Bishop's leadership, we felt a watercolor society would be popular in Greater Cincinnati so we shared our ideas, held an introductory meeting, asked for ideas and followed through with organizing GCWS. An exciting time

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
Yes, Membership Chair

What are some of your artistic achievements?
I have exhibited my art in shows and won some awards.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
When I'm planning a painting to give to someone, I choose a subject they would like.
Often, I just "feel" like painting a certain scene, still life, etc. and nothing else at that time will do.

How long have you been painting?
12 years

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
None

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
My husband and I travel frequently and my camera is always with me. I take lots of pictures. Sometimes seeing a certain color will create a spark, a scene with a lot of darks and lights or motion will tempt me to be creative. GCWS and class critique sessions' comments are a good tool to help with paintings. Workshops give me inspiration for new and different ways to produce a good painting.

Are you a teacher?
No

Where do you see yourself in the future? (i.e., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Watercolor painting for me is a hobby. I feel good sharing my artwork. I continue to learn new techniques. I feel it is very important to participate in a show to see your paintings in a formal gallery setting with other artists.

Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I like to paint greeting cards and original paintings for friends celebrating special occasions.
Learning new techniques and painting with others at Sandy Maudlin's studio is the highlight of my week.

1 comment:

RH Carpenter said...

Glad I could help with the feature on Jean by taking the photos - looks great! I enjoy learning a bit more about the members this way = good idea, Deb!