|Watercolors & Norwegian Rosemåling||Location: 4141 Smith Grade|
An interest in drawing, painting and color led me to study at the art department of the University of California, Santa Barbara. A move to New Jersey the allowed me to attend the Art Student’s League in New York City where I concentrated on drawing and oil painting as well as exploring other mediums in local Princeton studios. While living in Indonesia from 1970 to 1973 I became interested in the batik process and other local art forms. A Scandinavian background introduced me to the Norwegian art of Rosemaling which involves using oil paint on wood. I studied with Gary Albrecht of Wisconsin for many years and I still Rosemal on occasion. More recently I have rekindled an interest in watercolors and collage, and studied at the Jane E. Jones studio in Dallas in the late 1980’s and with Jane Hofstetter in San Jose. I continue to take workshops from watercolor artists who work interests me.
Gallery inclusions: a featured artist in Wild Ginger Gallery of Fine Hawaiian Art, Los Gatos, CA, 2003 – 2004; Rage Gallery, Florence, OR, 2000-2001. Most recent honors include: inclusion in “Aquarius 2010 and 2008 – Pacific Regional Exhibition of the Best in Watercolor” – CCWs; Triton Museum Annual Watercolor Show 2010’ CWA Filoli Show (2007) – honorable mention; inclusion in UCSC show “The Sea Around Us” (2007) – California Statewide Show 2003 – 2008, 2000 and 2007 – 2009; Mountain Art Center “Cool Waters” 2007; Los Gatos Art Association shows 1998 – 2000; several awards from the Santa Cruz County Fair include First Places in Rosemaling (1996), Mixed Medium (1996) and Watercolor (1995). Other shows include the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Tour 1992-1993, 1995 – 2002, 2006-2008, 2010. Also the DoonArt Studio Tour 2011 – 2013. My work can be seen, on a rotating basis in various local restaurants, offices and residential complexes.
– Nancy McKune Howe