West Bath painter wins national watercolor exhibit

Posted March 29, 2012, at 4:38 p.m.

“All That Remains,” a 2011 watercolor painting by Evelyn Dunphy of West Bath, recently was awarded the $1,000 first prize of all paintings on display at the prestigious annual National Watercolor Society 2012 Member Exhibition in San Pedro, Calif.

Hundreds of society members applied one painting to the exhibit, but just a handful were accepted, and Dunphy’s eerie bedroom scene, inspired by a third-story room of an old island home in Penobscot Bay, stole the show.

“I’m pretty blown away, I have to say,” said Dunphy. “The expertise and reputation of people who are submitting to these shows are amazing.”

“I have never had the opportunity to judge such a large group of highly accomplished and professional quality watercolor paintings,” wrote exhibit judge and watercolor painter Glen Knowles. “Your members are truly an amazing group of creative artists.”

Ironically, Dunphy submitted the ghostly interior scene despite the fact that most of her students disliked the painting, finding it too dark and scary.

“What I loved about it was the graffiti on the wall and the moldy old poster of the Mona Lisa on the wall,” Dunphy said.

Dunphy’s art has been exhibited in juried exhibitions throughout the United States, and has won several prestigious awards, such as the Edgar Whitney Memorial Award for watermedia and the Dorothea and Albert Gordon Memorial prize at the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Her work has been featured in International Artists magazine, American Art Collector and Watercolor magazine.

A lifelong artist, Dunphy has traveled and painted all around the world, but in Maine, she is best known for her artwork of the Katahdin region and her effort to bring awareness to the importance of land conservation through her watercolors. In 2007, she won First Prize of Art in the Maine State Parks and Baxter State Parks, and in 2009, she was named the first Resident Artist of Baxter State Park.

In addition to producing award-winning artwork and pushing the boundaries of the watercolor spectrum, Dunphy teaches fellow artists at her studio and at artist retreats around the world. The year, she’ll be teaching watercolor workshops in Ireland, Nova Scotia, Tuscany and Millinocket, Maine, at the former camp of the famous American landscape painter Frederic Church (1826-1900).

To learn about Dunphy and her workshops, visit her artist website at evelyndunphy.com.