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About Me

Hi World!

I'M Annette Dion McGowan

I have been painting for over 40 years. My artwork has been in galleries since the early 1990s and is bringing joy to walls of art collectors around the world. I am self taught, receiving my Bachelors degree in Fine Art form the University of Hard Knocks and my Masters degree form the University of Trial and Error. The best and worst part of being self taught is not having rules to follow. This allowed me to freely experiment and develop my own unique style. It also made it difficult because I had no guidelines to follow.  In recent years I have taken workshops from some of my favorite living artists such as Peter Adams (President of the historic California Art Club,) Jim Wodark, Marc Hanson, and Aaron Schuerr to name a few. The workshops have helped me improve my paintings by focusing on good design and values.

In inclement weather I will paint in an old Airstream trailer which I converted into my art studio but I prefer to paint in Plein Air (outside.)  I am very adventurous and often go on art trips in my RV. My two favorite styles and mediums for creating paintings are using water soluble oil paints with palette knives or using a combination of watercolors, gouache and ink. Both work well for traveling and do not require smelly solvents. You can follow my travels on the "Traveling Artists"  Facebook page. You never know where I will show up or what I will be up to next. 

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.

 


Inspiration

I am inspired by the beauty that surrounds me. It often takes my breath away.  I am in awe of the variety of landscapes, atmosphere and foliage that is found in nature. The ever-changing colors and shapes of clouds in the sky, plants and rocks, or the way water moves and reflects all entertain  me. The beauty found in nature renews and fills my soul with joy.  

Techniques 

Most of my paintings start with a value study known as a notan. This helps with the design of the painting and gives me an opportunity to work out any design issue before applying paint.  

The next step depends on the technique I choose. I have two favorite techniques. The first is done using palette knifes and oil paint which I have adapted to my own style.  I start with a loose underpainting  using a brush. I focus on values and shape placement. Next I apply oil paint using palette knives. I usually start with my darkest darks and finish with my lightest lights. I love the thick textures this technique creates.

The second technique I created myself. I call it my crazy doodle technique.  I start by loosely applying watercolor paint to quality paper or prepared wood. After the paint dries I add either gouache or additional watercolor paint to enhance values. After that layer of paint is completely dry I outline color and value changes with ink. I finish with doodling calligraphy where I think it is needed. This style results in interesting, fun and colorful paintings.  

career highlights

I sold my first painting at 14. Gallery representation since the early 1990s. Authored and Illustrator of "The Art of Tasting Wine," Vibrant Art Publishing. Featured painting in Outdoor Painters, Streamline Publishing. Participated in numerous exhibitions and Plein Air events.

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