May 2022 – Phyllis Rapp
Join us Thursday, May 120, for Phyllis Rapp’s watercolor demonstration.
Phyllis will be to demonstrating negative painting, lifting and framing watercolors without glass. She will show the use of Dorland wax on finished watercolor paintings.
Phyllis earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Phyllis is a signature member of the California Watercolor Association, founder and manager of the Upstairs Art Gallery in Healdsburg (11 years), a past president of WASCO, and taught classes in her studio for many years. She was a six-year participant in ARTrails and is the winner of numerous awards from national and local juried shows.
I fell in love with watercolor in 1985 – it has been my main “media” since. In 1991, I moved to Healdsburg, California with my husband and our then 3-year-old son. Healdsburg is a small community in Sonoma Country’s wine country. We lived there from 1991 to 2007.
During that time, I was active in many art organizations, galleries and taught watercolor classes. When our youngest child graduated from high school and set out to attend college, we decided to sell our house of fifteen years, buy a 53 foot sailboat and find adventure. During that time not only did we experience great adventures but also, we visited many exciting countries and made some very interesting friends.
I painted frequently on the boat. Many of my paintings that were created during that time were of distant shores and the people and animals that we encountered. I loved painting during that time because I did not have to paint for a gallery or a class demonstration. I could relax and paint for myself. To my surprise my painting skills improved because of this freedom.
In June 2010, we stopped sailing and reestablished our connections in Healdsburg. I still try hard to convey a personal feeling and a private message to those who view my art.
Recently, I added mixed media, collage, and assemblage to my artwork. This added a new dimension to my paintings. Most of my paintings are about “pattern.” I love design, color, and texture. I try to incorporate these items in my paintings along with my love of traveling and foreign cultures.
Join us and meet Phyllis on Thursday, May 12
Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom