Mary Louise Ringers
I like to think that I have been an artist since the age of two when, to my parents' dismay, I drew pumpkins on my bedroom walls. After college, I went on to teach high school art on Long Island for 32 years. It was the best of both worlds, allowing me to share my knowledge and love of art in the classroom and to paint and exhibit during the summers.
Having retired to Sarasota, I now am thoroughly enjoying teaching drawing and watercolor with the Adult and Community Enrichment program. Although fluent in a variety of media, my favorite is watercolor. I love its transparency and its unpredictability, especially in my florals and landscapes. Capturing the effects of light and shadow is my passion.
I have also become involved in two wonderful watercolor associations, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society. I exhibit regularly, have achieved Signature status and sit on the boards of both, and served as the 2011 President of Florida Watercolor Society.
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St. Petersburg, FL
Originally from Arizona, Terry Denson has lived in many parts of the United States and the eastern and western Caribbean and currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL on the Gulf Coast. These locations, and others to which she has traveled, are reflected in her paintings.
She studied drawing at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and at other institutions, and has attended workshops with a number of prominent artists throughout the United States. She began studying watercolor in 1995, shortly before beginning a six year sailboat cruise of the Eastern U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean, & Central America. Seeking a medium that fit the limited space aboard her sailboat," Door Into Summer", she chose watercolors. And yes, she had a cat named Pete.
After returning to land life she settled in S.t Petersburg and expanded her painting to acrylics and oils but transparent watercolors remain her primary medium. Her watercolors include many produced on Aquabord, a clay surfaced ground. In 2003 she became a full-time artist.
She is a popular teacher and watercolor workshop instructor. She has displayed in numerous outdoor art festivals and organizational exhibitions throughout the country where she has received a number of awards. She is a Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been used as promotional materials by the Southern Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association and several art festivals throughout Florida.
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