ALICE RENOUF'S ARTIST BIO

 

I grew up in the Chicago area but came to Boulder for college where  I was gobsmacked by the luminescence of the mountains.   Many decades later my love for our mountains led me into landscaping  painting. 

 

My father became a professional portrait painter and my sister also painted.  Mom bathed our walls with art.  As I neared retirement I decided to start taking painting classes.  I have never looked back.

 

I have exhibited in galleries, restaurants, libraries and museums in Boulder and surrounding towns with many juried exhibits, including Boulder's Open Studios, 2018, 2019 and 2020. But most of all I am honored to be a founding member in 2016 of Girl Painters West!  

 

In 2017 I was nominated to be a Jury Panelist for Boulder Arts Commission as a reader for all art grants submitted to the city. It was an enormous undertaking but helped me to understand more about the process  artists go through to become established and how difficult it is to become financially self-sustaining.  It was exciting as an artist to view the entire landscape of Boulder's art community through the grant-making process. 

 

In this high tech, split-second age I find myself feeling fragmented so there is nothing more fulfilling than to spend time focusing on just one thing---the canvas in front of me. Creating a painting is a lengthy, challenging process of trial, error and experimenting in order to find  the right coloration and creative spark.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but you are always in the process of learning and hopefully creating.  When painting I am living in the moment----how often can we say that. The process calms the nerves by de-cluttering the mind and letting the heart and hand become the masters of the moment. Being a painter has been a life-affirming, totally enriching, disciplining and often mystifying endeavor.  Putting paint on a brush and watch it crush a canvas with intoxicating colors and eye-popping beauty is usually, (but not always) a defining “EUREKA” moment in my life.  It is amazing what the mind and heart can create when let free to wonder over a canvas.