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 and transcendent beauty of the mountains.   When  I started painting with Jacque Michelle’s art class  it was no surprise that landscapes were my preferred focus.

 

My parents met in art school in Chicago and my father became a professional portrait painter.  My sister also painted and mom bathed her walls with art so I grew up surrounded by fine art.  As I neared retirement I decided to start taking art classes.  Smart move!

 

I have exhibited in galleries, restaurants, libraries and museums in Boulder and surrounding towns with many juried exhibits, including Boulder's Open Studios, 2018. 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.

 

I co-hosted a juried artist exhibition in Kunming, China, November, 2018, with  Denver Kunming Sister Cities for Boulder/Denver women acrylic artists. Since my academic background and career has been China focused  I thought it would be interesting to have an exhibition/exchange in China. It was!

 

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.