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Elaine Frenett

Organization: 
Visual Art Journaling
Credentials: 
BS Graphic Design, Illustration Concentration
Teaching & Leading Classes & Retreats

Originally from Colorado, where light and color travel the entire spectrum, Elaine grew up a simple tomboy. Maturing with avid nature exposure and expansive travel, she eventually found herself, back to the simple dream . . . of becoming an artist.

After moving to California, Ms. Frenett committed to a five-year program at San Jose State University, where she received her BS in Graphic Design in 1991, focusing in Illustration. As a freelance illustrator, her work has been published in magazine short stories, book covers and greeting cards. In-between illustration work, Elaine began enjoying the diversity of commissioned pieces and the luxury of personal expression.

As her focus moved to the fine art world, Elaine remained true to her passion – water media. The density of thick values, in addition to, the layering of transparencies and textures, allows Ms. Frenett to express that full spectrum with which she grew up. Her nature images are worked in a representational yet, stylized technique usually on rag paper. Another favorite, more intimate medium of expression speaks when she moves her watercolor/mixed media talents into her art books and visual art journals. Following a lifelong dream, she now develops and leads women’s journaling retreats in the California Sierras and Mexico, as well. Elaine’s pieces have been honored by jurors of shows and are in collections business, private, international and museum. She now lives with her husband, Roland, and Golden Retriever, Cody, in the beauty of the Oregon Rogue Valley.

Ms. Frenett is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Artists’ Workshop, Plein Air Society of Southern Oregon, Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, and is a Watercolor West Juried Member. To see more of her fine art visit: www.elainefrenett and her visual art journaling passion: http://VisualArtJournaling.wordpress.com

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