Verena’s Gallery
About Verena J Murvin WSNC, SW, KWS, WSA, GWS

Verena’s Gallery

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About Verena J. Murvin WSNC, SW, KWS, WSA,  GWS.

Welcome to Verena’s Gallery. This is a site where I post all my artworks. I am a professional watercolor artist with more than 19 years of experience. I am a self-taught artist who got into watercolors by reading and studying the books. 

My Story

I was born and raised in England in the beautiful area of Suffolk County. My love for art started when I was a very young child. I studied the flowers and plants in my father’s garden. Using pencil and crayons, they were the first things I drew on paper. There is nothing like a true English garden to inspire a budding artist.

Soon enough, I got married and my husband and I moved to the US. Just like many women artists, I spent many years prioritizing my family. I had little to no time left to draw or paint. But I knew that someday I would get to paint again. 

I started studying watercolor when I retired and moved to the East Coast of North Carolina. I started with only a few tubes of paint and a couple of sheets of paper at first. With a couple of brushes in hand and an art instruction book, I started painting. I still use the book as a reference today as it contains valuable information.

I prefer to work from photos so I can perfectly capture the play of sun and shadows. Contrasts between light and dark are very critical in the design of my paintings. I get a lot of pleasure from creating my artworks, and I hope people who look at them do too.

Awards

Throughout the years, I have received numerous awards from different organizations:

  • Watercolor Society North Carolina 
    • Daniel Smith Award, 2005
    • Sharpe Images Award, 2006
    • Alice Johnson Laroque Award, 2007
    • Jerry’s Artrama Award, 2016
  • Twin River Art Association
    • 1st Place Award, 2009
    • Honorable Mention, 2007
    • 3rd Place and Honorable Mention, 2005
    • 2nd Place Award and 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Onslo Arts Society
  • Annual Spring Show
    • OAS Memorial Award, 2009
    • OAS Memorial Award, 2008
    • OAS Memorial Award and 3 HMs, 2007
  • Carteret Arts Council
  • Art From the Heart
    • Excellence in Art Award 2007 – 2016
    • HM, 2006
  • Touch of Class Havelock North Carolina
    • 1st Place Award, 2009
    • 1st Place Award, 2008
  • OAS Images Award of Merit, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • 1st Place Award, 2008
  • Solo Art Shows

Purchases of My Art

  • Dr. T & Helen Goodman, MHC, North Carolina
  • First South Bank, Washington, North Carolina
  • Cypress Landing, Chocowinity, North Carolina
  • Bromans’s N.M Newport, North Carolina
  • Mr. & Mrs. J. Mophat, Virginia
  • Mr. & Mrs. De Bank North Carolina
  • Diane Davis MHC, North Carolina

Memberships

  • Watercolor Society of North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
  • Kentucky Watercolor Society
  • Watercolor Society of Alabama
  • Southern Watercolor Society
  • Georgia Watercolor Society
  • Missouri Watercolor Society
  • Louisiana Watercolor Society
  • Twin Rivers Artists Association, New Bern, North Carolina
  • Carteret Arts Council, Morehead City,
    North Carolina
  • Mattie King Davis, Beaufort, North Carolina

Solo Art Shows

  • Carteret General Hospital. MHC, NC 1999, 2004
  • Western Carteret County Library, Cape Carteret, NC 2007
  • Emerald Isle, County Club, Emerald Isle, NC, 2014
  • Bogue Banks Library, PKS, NC, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2015.
  • Mattie King Davis, Beaufort, NC, 2004
  • Verde Blue, Emerald Isle, NC, 2004

Publications

  • International Artist Magazine, Finalist 2008.
  • I.A. Magazine, Ten-Page Spread 2010
  • The Artist Touch 5, 2012