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Trendsetters

Magazine article Art Business News

Trendsetters

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Dorenda Watson

The vivid, moody colors in Dorenda Watson's wildlife paintings help capture the quiet and serene moments in an animal's life that many people never see. Whether working in pencil or oil, her fine draftsmanship gives each animal its own expressive identity. Watson's more recent canvases team animals with still life scenes and unusual backgrounds.

"I love to observe the little movements of animals ... the subtle expressions and intricate textures. This is what I paint for others to observe," she said.

A native of Ohio, Watson studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated in 1985 with a BFA. She currently works from her home-based studio in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches at her alma mater's Saturday School Program for Children and at the Columbus Museum of Art. She regularly participates in local and national exhibitions and has won various awards for her work. Watson's paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States.

She may be reached at (614) 351-0140.

Lawrence Butcher Jr.

"Art's main objective is to uplift the spirit ... I try to capture a moment of solitude using intense lighting for dramatic effect," said artist Lawrence Butcher Jr., an interpretive realist whose tempera and watercolor paintings have been steadily gaining recognition. Whether painting Hudson Valley landscapes or florals, sailboats or young women in beach settings, Butcher achieves a sensitive and delicate intimacy with his subject matter. …

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