Meet Evelyn Dunphy, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!
Evelyn Dunphy lives in mid-coast Maine and has become known for her poetic landscapes and dramatic still life watercolors. Evelyn considered herself an artist from childhood and made art of many kinds during the years when she and her husband were raising their children. After designing and sewing intricate hand-appliquéd wall hangings that were exhibited in galleries in New York and Connecticut, including a commission for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Dunphy moved to Maine with her husband. After several years restoring their old farmhouse and working full-time, Dunphy realized a life dream and began painting.
In 2000, she resigned from her job with a biomedical research firm to become a full-time artist. Dunphy has traveled widely and her interests are reflected in a broad range of subjects, from Africa to Japan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and, dearest to her heart: Maine, from the coast to Mount Katahdin. Dunphy’s paintings have been featured in International Artist magazine, where a painting made when she climbed Mt. Fuji was chosen for the “Master Painters of the U.S.” section. Another was a finalist in the “Flowers and Gardens” competition. A series of paintings was included in a feature “The Pursuit of Excellence” in WATERCOLOR magazine. A story in Art Collector magazine titled “Leading Ladies” featured two of her Katahdin paintings. Her paintings have also been finalists in the Artist’s Magazine competition and Plein Air Salon.
Her work has been featured in The Art of Watercolour, France/UK, Pratique des Artes, France, and North Light Publishing 2015 “Splash”. Two of her still life paintings were among 275 out of 3980 to reach the third level of judging in the World Watercolour Competition, sponsored by “The Art of Watercolour” magazine, published in France.
Dunphy was recognized by the Trust for Public Lands for her contribution to the successful campaign to raise $14 million dollars in private funds to purchase Katahdin Lake and the surrounding 6000 acres and add it to Baxter State Park, thus saving it from development. She was the first Resident Artist in the history of the 200,000+ acre wilderness park.
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