Vibrant watercolors from photos

South Korean-born Soon Warren, full time artist, teacher and writer of art books, will share her knowledge and talents with members and visitors at the Lake Granbury Art Association meeting, Monday, at 7 p.m. The meeting is at the Shanley House Center for the Arts, 224 N. Travis St.

Warren is known nationally for her vibrant watercolors and is possibly one of the most published water colorists today, appearing regularly in International Artists, Southwest Art, and American Artists Watercolor magazine where she was featured in a ten page article in their Spring 2011 edition.

She has authored two books, Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor, and Discover the Magic of Light, Color and Contrast.

Warren keeps her camera ready at all times to capture inspiration for a later painting. Often, she schedules a “study shoot” at a specific location, perhaps on property that has previously captured her imagination.

In one instance, she shot a couple of hundred images on land in Cresson. As a payback, Warren rewarded the owner of the property with an album of the photos—not an uncommon practice for Soon. Album recipients claim her photography skills are stellar, but, moreover, this gesture exemplifies her generosity.

The rumor is that Warren is an avid gardener and superb cook. Her garden provides inspiration for her colorful and detailed floral paintings.

Warren and her husband, Peter, a financial advisor, love to travel, often in their R.V. On one such summer trip to Whistler Mountain in Canada., she spotted a bicycle lying on the ground. Reported Bonnie Gangelhoff, writer at Southwest Art, “It was next to a bike rack, as if someone forgot to put it in the right place. For Warren, the shadows were intriguing and so was the composition. She was soon snapping reference photographs.” The resulting painting, titled “Left It Alone,” is featured in Warren’s second book, Discover the Magic of Light, Color and Contrast, and also in Southwest Art’s annual “21 Over 31” issue, November 2009.

Last year, one of her paintings was acquired by a major museum. Southwest Missouri Museum in Springfield purchased KOI POND for their permanent collection.

Warren is represented by Southwest Gallery in Dallas, and Your Private Collection Art Gallery in Granbury.

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