Aileen Garvey has been selected as the August artist of the month for the Artists by the Lake Club of Sun City.
As long as Garvey can remember, she has had a brush or pencil in her hand. Her artistic interests range from designing and painting cabinets for her home to painting a mural, beautiful animals, children’s faces and landscapes. Her early painting medium was oils, then for 25 years she concentrated on watercolors. Since reading a book in 2008, “Acrylics, a Watercolor Alternative,” by Charles Harrington, she has worked become an expert in acrylics. Recently, she began working in oil again.
Garvey searches through her extensive set of photographs, looking for one that shouts, “It’s my turn.” After she finds that inspiring photo, she does some preliminary sketches while thinking of a fitting title for her finished painting (usually something funny).
She is primarily a self-taught artist and she challenges herself with every painting to see what she can do to improve each piece. What strikes those viewing one of her paintings is her use of rich color and strong values to enliven her work. Many of her paintings are in private collections throughout Arizona and several other states. She has a large following of collectors.
Garvey was a member of Scottsdale Artist League for ten years. She is also a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, Arizona Artist Guild and Vanguard Artist. Ms. Garvey is a recent member of the Palo Verde Artists and Sonoran Art League, where she enjoys fellowship with many talented artists. She is the education coordinator and member of the Artists by the Lake club at Lakeview Recreation Center. In addition to those responsibilities, she teaches beginning and advanced painting in acrylic or oils and organizes the club’s monthly critique. Her classes are small in size with extensive attention to the students’ individual development. All levels of experience are welcome.
Garvey has won many awards during her painting career. The one she is most proud of is for “Artist of the Year” with “Mothers Love” by the Arizona Artist Guild. She is a yearly contributor to the Glendale Invitational Show and the All Sun City Art Show.
The art room is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily starting Sept. 1, for members only. Join the club with a valid RCSC card and $10. Social distancing and masks are worn at all times in the art room. Email Deb Dahlin@ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-491-9650.