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How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why
did you join?
I have been a member for
probably 9 or 10 years. I joined GCWS
after hearing about it from several painting friends.
Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what
Almost as soon as I joined, I
was nominated for Program Chair and I held that position for about 3 years,
perhaps longer, until someone else volunteered to take over. Since then I have worked on membership (I keep
the membership book up to date and have it printed annually; did send out
reminder notices until Rhonda began doing that; send out dues forms,
etc.). I update the blog, and have been
show chair for 2 or 3 shows. I’m
currently the President (since 2012) until March when my term is up. In other words, I’ve been pretty active in
What are some of your artistic achievements?
My work has been included in
a number of state and national shows (please see the list below) but I’m most
excited about having a painting (Ying Yang Mums - see below) accepted into the National Watercolor Society
2012 Annual Show. Not only was that
painting accepted into the NWS traveling
show through the end of December, 2013, it was also made into the postcard for
Ying Yang Mums
I’m also very excited that my
work will be in two books to be released in 2014 and in the Watercolor Artist
Magazine in the April issue.
NATIONAL JURIED SHOWS
Watercolor Society 34th Annual International Juried Exhibition - “Dragon Mum” (Watercolor)
2013 ViewPoint 45 – “Dragon Tea” (Watercolor)
2013 Georgia Watercolor
Society National Show – “Dragon
2012 National Watercolor
Society 92nd Annual Open Exhibition, Traveling Show and Post CardImage - “Ying Yang Mums” (Watercolor)
2012 ViewPoint 44 – “Flights of Fancy” (Watercolor)
2012 Georgia Watercolor
Society National Show – “Farmall”
2011 Georgia Watercolor
Society National Show – “Industrial
2010 Georgia Watercolor
Society National Show – “Blue
Pitcher and Pears on Lace” (Fluid Acrylic) – Sam Flax Award
2009 Richeson75: Still Life & Floral – “Sunlit Pears 2” (Casein), “Apples on Lace”
(Casein) and “Grandpa’s Shaving Mug with Roses” (Casein)
Watercolor Society Member Show – “Agave” (Watercolor)
Watercolor Society Member Show – “Roses on Grandma’s Quilt” (Watercolor)
2014 Watermedia Showcase, Watercolor Artist Magazine
April, 2014 Issue
2014 AcrylicWorks: Best of Acrylic
2014 The Artistic touch 6 (Published 2014)
2009 Best of America Watermedia
Artists, Vol. II,
Kennedy Publishing, 2009
Describe your usual procedures for creating a
I used to have a pretty
standard way of starting a painting, but lately it seems to change from
painting to painting.
USUALLY (nothing is ever
“always” in watercolor!) after transferring my drawing to the paper, I will wet
the paper all over and begin painting or dripping light washes of color across
the paper. After those washes dry, I
begin building up layers (glazing), working toward the darks and the details.
However, sometimes I will
work a painting section by section or item by item - it just depends.
How long have you been painting?
Since the mid-1990s
Tea With Bee Zee
In what medium, other than watercolor or
acrylic, do you work?
Acrylic, fluid acrylic and
casein. I have also recently begun to do
Flights of Fancy
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
As far as inspiration,
sometimes I will see something that just speaks to me and take photos of that
subject, but I usually do set ups with my fabrics and objects that I either
have inherited from my mother and grandmother, or which I have accumulated over
My forte is still life and
florals, and I usually work in a series, which helps me to know what I will be
painting next. Currently I am working on
a series based on oriental themed fabrics which I have been collecting over the
years, or which have been given to me. I
am also known for my lace paintings.
Are you a teacher?
I have been teaching since
2004 and currently give classes in my home and for the Cincinnati Recreation
Commission at Dunham (2 or 3 sessions).
This year I will be holding a couple of workshops here at the Art Club
building and hope that some of the GCWS members will be able to attend them.
I also conduct 4 evening
programs throughout the year for the HansenCenter in Batesville, Indiana.
Teapot and Orbs on Pink Silk
Where do you see yourself in the future? (i.e.,
is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I would like to see myself
progressing in art competitions – there are a few shows that I aspire to be in
but have not “made the grade” yet! I
would like to keep teaching, and would hope that my classes will grow. I view painting as a part of my life, and as
long as I am able to do so, I hope to keep painting for many more years!
Your website: www.debwardart.com
Your blog spot:
Is there anything else you would like for us to know
about you and your art?
I love teaching, especially
Please take a look at my blog
for more information about me and my paintings.