Ilene Paulsen Artist Statement Ilene Paulsen enjoys expressing her God-given talents through painting and other forms of artwork. She uses a variety of mediums, her favorite being acrylics and watercolors. An assortment of subjects captures her interest including florals, still life, landscapes, and wildlife. Originally from Minnesota and having lived in Alaska for 20 years Ilene now calls Montana home. The beauty she sees in life provides a continuous supply of inspiration. Though mostly self- taught, she has taken the occasional class to provide new insight and perspective in her work. Ilene's paintings have won numerous awards. Ilene co-founded the Valley Fine Arts Association in Alaska and is a signature member of the Montana Watercolor Society.
Carol Spurgeon Artist Statement "If you stay at it long enough, something is bound to Happen". I'm there. Lots of wonderful awards have come my way, locally, nationally, and now internationally. I'm always surprised. I certainly value the company I am measured against. My heart leaps when I fall in love with something I judge, a possible painting. Gallery 16 in Great Falls and notable artist's workshops have helped me gain confidence as I challenge myself with each venture. Join the Montana Watercolor Society and get going! My work records varied subjects from the Northwestern US, Hawaii, Vietnam, South Africa, India, Myanmar, Chile, Peru, Mexico and the Philippines in traditional watercolor painting, experimental oriental and brush stroke sumi painting.
Carol McSweeney Artist’s Statement Carol McSweeney is a watercolor artist residing in Kalispell, Montana and Scottsdale, Arizona. Her work is primarily figurative and includes portrayals of animals and birds as well. She has created series of paintings to interpret the lives of those who live in the West…working men and women, cowboys and First People, children and their families….with the hope of connecting the viewer to the spirit that defines us as individuals, while uniting us as human beings.
She is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the Arizona Watercolor Association, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society. Recent awards include: First Place and Best of Show in Qingdao, China for the Missouri International Watercolor Exhibition, as well as First Place and Best of Show for the Arizona Watercolor Association. Publications and media acknowledgment include the cover image and feature article in Watercolor Magazine, use of cover image and magazine in the Jumanji 2 movie, Readers Competition Award in the Art of Watercolour Magazine, and Media Award and use of painting image for show catalog and brochures in the Western Federation of Watercolor Society Exhibition.