Artist Bio

Chica Brunsvold

Chica Brunsvold

Chica Brunsvold,  Signature Member of both the National and American Watercolor Societies, was  originally trained as an abstract expressionist painter, and has continued to  paint expressionistic canvases over the course of much of her career. But from  the beginning of her art education, Brunsvold had the ability to perceive  animals in the texture or facture of her canvases. Because her training took  place within an abstract expressionist orthodoxy, however, which frowned upon  seeing “secondary images” in abstract elements, Brunsvold repressed  her facility for drawing forth these images from textured surfaces for years.

Finally, in 1994,  Brunsvold decided that she had arrived at a level of maturity to do exactly  what she wished in her art. She began at last to explore her instinctive  ability to perceive animals in her preexisting work, and let the hidden images  come out. She treated a canvas until she achieved a mottled and textured  polychrome surface. Rather than proceed to create an abstract expressionistic  canvas, Brunsvold stopped, studied the surface of the canvas, carried it around  with her, lived with it for a while, and, sometimes in muted pre-dawn light, at  last discerned an intense, compact composition of animals arising directly from  the texture of the work. Brunsvold quickly demarcated her vision and  subsequently developed the composition into her first Zooillogicals ® painting.

Since that point, Brunsvold has nearly exclusively worked on her Zooillogicals  ® series, using a similar method combining priming a textured surface and then  perceiving compositions in the texture itself. Chica Brunsvold has had one  person shows at the Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Art  Station, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Northwood University, Cedar Hill, Texas,  the MSC Forsyth Gallery, Texas A&M University, the Ellen Noel Art Museum,  Odessa, Texas, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, the Touchstone  Gallery, Washington D.C., the Art League/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia  and the Burroughs/Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Atrium  Galleries of both Fairfax INOVA Hospital in Virginia and the Children ’ s  National Medical Center in D.C., This Century Gallery in Williamsburg, VA,  Goodyear Cottage in Jekyll Island, GA, Longwood University in Farmville, VA,  Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, The Visual Arts Center of  Northwest Florida at Panama City, Strathmore Hall Art Center in Bethesda, MD  and Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.

Brunsvold is the  recipient of the American Watercolor Society Harrison Cady Award, the Arts in  Mississippi Award, and numerous others. Her work was on display with the Art in  the Embassies program in Rangoon, Burma.

Brunsvold received  B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan School of Art &  Design, training to be an artist. After college, she served for five years as  an Illustrator General with the CIA and then served for another year at the  Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Her work is published in the magazines,  Water Color Magic/Creativity 2001, Watercolor Magic/Yearbook 2001 and  Watercolor Magic “ The Creative Challenge ” April 2006, The Watercolor Artist  “Creative Challenge” February 2009, The Artist’s Magazine  “Competition Spotlight”March 2009 and in the books Splash 10 by North  Light Books, The Artistic Touch 3 and 4 by Chris Unwin, Celebrating the  Creative Artist Within and The Creative Edge both by Mary Todd Beam, and  also The Artist’s Muse by Betsy Dillard Stroud. She was a finalist in The  Artist’s Magazine’s 26th Annual Art Competition, 2009. A past president of the  Potomac Valley Watercolorists, she is represented by the Gallery Underground.

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