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Gwendolyn Evans Gallery
“Spirit permeates everything. Whether painting, writing, teaching, preparing an exquisite meal—it’s all ONE—creativity flows from ideas held dear; for me these ideas center around truth, love, beauty, nature, and gratitude for GOOD. I risk sounding Pollyanna or too idealistic, but am neither. Dark days are the chiaroscuro in an artist’s life to make the light all the brighter.” — Gwendolyn Evans

Gwendolyn Evans’ art—as diverse as the 35 places she has called home—includes watercolor landscapes, pastel portraiture, nude figures, oils, and mixed media abstracts. With a Master’s Degree with honors from Rhode Island School of Design, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Principia College, study at the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous painting excursions throughout England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S., Gwendolyn has exhibited her work in more than 80 juried regional, national, and international exhibitions, garnering 40-some awards. She has served as juror for art shows, taught Advanced Placement art in private and public high schools, conducted adult plein air watercolor workshops, taught painting and drawing classes in the 4 public galleries she has owned over the years, currently Gwendolyn Evans Gallery, Walpole Village, S. Bristol, Maine. She has studied with famed watercolorists James Green, Charles Reid, Tom Hill, Claude Croney, and Fred Graff, and pastel master Daniel Greene, among others. Gwendolyn’s paintings are in hundreds of private and corporate collections, including those of Jose Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, Jane Blaffler Owen, art philanthropist of New Harmony, Indiana, Sanofi Pasteur Corporation, and in the family homes of 30 victims of 9/11 for whom she did free portraits of lost loved ones from photos.

Gwendolyn’s creativity extends to many fields. She has written inspirational articles for international publications; created a limited edition hand-made book of her poetry, Sometimes I Have to Hold My Own Hand: Poems from Five Decades; won a grant to create a women’s studies course, writing a 100-page syllabus, which she taught for years to both high school seniors and adult women; owned and operated a B&B, Shawnee Falls Studio, Gallery & Guesthouse, in an 18th century home which led her to write a cookbook, Bodacious Breakfasts and More; crafted her autobiography Hiraeth: Beyond My Father’s House: A Woman’s Journey Home (both available on Amazon). Aside from her art degrees, Gwendolyn’s life-long interest in spirituality led her to complete a year towards a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Direction at General Theological Seminary in NYC. When not painting, writing, cooking, or gardening, Gwendolyn walks with Bill, her historian/humorist/guitar-playing husband, and dogs—Newfoundland Heidi and Bernese Mountain Dog Olaf. Sons Jason and Nathan and their families live in Washington State and daughter Charissa and granddaughter Emma live in Pennsylvania.

Gwendolyn Evans with her Newfoundland and Bernese Mountain Dog

Gwendolyn now in Maine with her beloved Heidi and Olaf

Gwendolyn has taught watercolor painting for 55 years--landscape, portraiture, figure, and still life—plus drawing, pastel, and oil. A dynamic and caring teacher with a Masters degree with honors from RISD, she offers classes, workshops, and private lessons upon request. Email for more information.

Gwendolyn's instructional DVD is also available for purchase.

What students have to say about Gwendolyn’s teaching:

“...superb! She is a real find! No one in the group, including the art teachers among us, ever had a better teacher!!!! She is a star.”

“...the best teacher I ever had!!!”

Gwendolyn Evans teaching an art class in 1997

Gwendolyn teaching a figure class in 1997

Gwendolyn Evans Gallery Owner Watercolor Artist

Gwendolyn in 2018.


Available upon request: drawing or watercolor instruction, private lessons, classes, demos, or workshops.