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Ginger Pena

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I paint in watercolor on Aquabord. This non-absorptive surface allows me to manipulate the paint in ways that paper would not allow. I can lift paint off and make changes to my painting as I go, which is a big advantage when painting outdoors, 'en plein air' which I like to do often. Aquabord is an archival and durable surface which can be varnished after a painting is completed so that finished works are framed like oil paintings, without mats and glass.

Largely self-taught, I did take some watercolor classes and workshops to get me started on the right track, but since those early days, I have let experience be my guide and just painted. I think painting outdoors, 'en plein air', with all it's difficulties and challenges, has helped me to speed up and hone my skills. My college degree is in Recreation, with an emphasis on Parks and Natural Resources, so it does seem appropriate that I would gravitate to landscape painting and that I would do it outside!

I live in the San Bernardino National Forest in the small town of Angelus Oaks, California, with my husband and my cat. Besides mountain scenery, I enjoy painting historic buildings and landscapes with wildflowers. You can see my work at local art shows, and I have a few paintings on display in the boutique at Riverside Art Museum, the giftshop at Kimberly Crest Mansion in Redlands, and in the Oaks Restaurant in Angelus Oaks. Check my EVENTS page for upcoming shows. Email me to inquire about sales or to receive my E-newsletter.

Juried Art Shows and Painting Competitions are enjoyable, and they test me, inspire me and push me to grow my skills. Recent awards include:

• Jack Richeson Product Prize and Purchase Prize of Redlands Community Hospital, Multi-Media Mini Show, Redlands Art Association, February 2018
• First Place, Mixed Media, Associated Artists of the Inland Empire Show, September 2017
• Second Place, Idyllwild Plein Air Festival, June 2017
• Second Place, Redlands Festival of Arts, 2 Dimensional Art, May 2017
• Second Place, Plein Air Artists of Riverside, Kimberly Crest Paint Out, May 2017
• Honorable Mention, Plein Air Artists of Riverside, Kimberly Crest Quick Draw, May 2017
• Honorable Mention, Idyllwild Plein Air Contest, June 2016
• Juror's Choice, Multi-media Mini Show, Redlands Art Association, March 2016
• Honorable Mention, Plein Air Artists of Riverside, Redlands Paint Out, May 2016