Wednesday, July 13, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST - SHIRLEY KNOLLMAN

How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Nine years - I joined so I could learn from others…professional and non-professional. Being part of this group allows me to interact with other people with similar interests.

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
I have held the position of President in 2008 and 2009. I just completed the Chairmanship of the 2011 GCWS Exhibition.

What are some of your artistic achievements?
Being accepted in juried shows has been rewarding. My work has been shown in the Ohio Watercolor Society, Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint and the Greater Hamilton Art Exhibit. I am an Associate Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Currently, I am serving my second term as President for the Colerain Artists. For this group, I have served as the Chairman of their Annual Exhibition for three years. During my free time, I enjoy participating in local art fairs.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I paint when I get inspired. When I get an idea, I work with shapes, values and colors.

How long have you been painting?
I started painting in 1999 as a beginner in a Sandy Maudlin watercolor class.

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
The medium that I use is mostly watercolor, but do use some fluid acrylic.

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
I get my inspiration from my travels with my husband and from the beauty of everyday life.

Are you a teacher?
No, but I love to share ideas to teach and inspire others.

Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I see myself continuing on this gratifying adventure. It started as a six-week learning experience and has continued not only as a hobby but has evolved into participating in shows and selling my paintings.

Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I am having a great time with my art. It is gratifying to have people interested in my artistry.

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