Anita K. Epstein
My earliest recollections of "making art" was at the Cleveland Museum of Art around the age of five. I spent almost every Saturday there during the school year. My parents encouraged me to draw and paint and as I went through public school and college I worked in several mediums including oils, acrylics, printmaking, and sculpture.
I began using water color in 1980 when I enrolled in the George Washington University Art Therapy Program. The director of the program required all art therapy students to enroll in a fine arts class. The director, a watercolor artist, taught watercolor at a Washington DC Recreation Center and I enrolled in his class because it was the politic thing to do. Never having worked in watercolor, I quickly learned the basic techniques under the director's tutelage and discovered that I enjoyed the fluidity and grace of watercolor. I painted off and on during the next several years, continuing to paint with the director, taking classes at the Alexandria Art League and Arlington County adult education program. I displayed my work at shows in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, and have taken several commissions.
Lately, I have been experimenting with colored pencils. My rationale is that by focusing on the details and structure of flowers, I will be able to paint them more accurately.
In early 2014, I moved to Falls Church City, Virginia and became involved in the Falls Church Arts' community participating in the plein air sessions at the local Farmer’s Market in the spring and summer. Falls Church Arts’ is a congenial and collegial atmosphere and has inspired me to spend more time painting. I joined the Vienna Arts Society (VAS) and the Virginia Watercolor Society.
Blue Iris won an honorable mention at the 2018 Potomac Valley Watercolorists Green Spring Botanical Show and was accepted in the 39th Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition in Roanoke, Virginia. In January, 2016, I won an honorable mention in Vienna Arts Society 2015/16 Winter Art Show "Nature's Treasures" held at Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax Virginia. You can view the Red Hellebores in the Flower tab of my website. The Iris Explosion was sold at the Virginia Watercolor Society's Spring Show in Gloucester, Virginia. In addition, I volunteer with VAS at Fort Belvoir to bring the arts to hospitalized patients. In 2016 I was featured in a show at the George Washington University Art Therapy Program Center in Alexandria Virginia called "The Road Still Traveled." The show consisted of works from four retired art therapists that are still working artists. "So Red" was accepted in the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild's 25th Annual Exhibition in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yellow Hibiscus was accepted into the Virginia Watercolor Society 2017 exhibit in Winchester, Virginia and the Vienna Arts Society annual juried exhibit at Green Spring Botanical Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia. Yellow Hibiscus won an Honorable Mention in the Green Spring exhibit. In August, 2017, I co-chaired a Potomac Valley Watercolorists' exhibit at the Annandale campus of the Northern Virginia Community College Ernest Community Cultural Center Verizon Galley. In addition, in December 2017, two of my paintings (November Rose and Mr. Washington's Garden) were accepted into the Vienna Arts Society annual juried exhibit, Up Close to Mother Nature, at Green Spring Botanical Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia.
I attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Art Education (University of North Dakota) and a Master’s of Science degree in Art Therapy (George Washington University). I am a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, as well as the Falls Church Arts, the Vienna Arts Society, and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.