Myrna Wacknov is a practicing artist and workshop instructor specializing in figurative and portrait character studies. Portraiture is not new to Myrna. In fact, even before graduating from high school, Myrna was doing commissioned portraits. She was also the charcoal sketch artist at numerous outdoor art shows around the Kansas City area for a number of years. Myrna attended Washington University in St. Louis and later finished her degree in Painting and Drawing at the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University.
She has attained Signature Membership in the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the California Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, and the San Diego Watercolor Society. Myrna has been included in and received awards in many national watercolor competitions. In 2011 she won the Gold Award in the California Watercolor Assoc. National Exhibition. She received awards in the Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, 2nd Place in the San Diego Watercolor Society, First Place in the Society of Western Artists and the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Show. Other awards include the CFS Medal in the 2008 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition and semifinalist in the 2009 Portrait Competition of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian.
The October 2007 issue of Watercolor Magic features her portrait process as did the March 2008 Artist Magazine article recognizing artists over 60. The October 2008 cover of Palette Magazine also featured Myrna's work. Her work appears in the North Light books Strokes of Genius 2, Strokes of Genius 3, Splash 12, and Incite: Dreams Realized. An article and cover of Palette Magazine in the March-April issue 2015 and a feature article in Watercolor Artist, August Issue 2015 feature her recent works focus on self portraiture.
I like to explore water's limitless range of possibilities with a special emphasis on color, dramatic impact, and textures. My greatest passion is painting faces I find interesting with the focus on expression and character, rather than likeness. I start mostly from photographs as a way of capturing a person with a natural expression and posture that is often fleeting and impossible to hold for extended poses. Recently I have been investigating the self-portrait as a means of expression. I like the viewer to see the hand of the artist in the finished painting. My figurative work seeks out the universal communication of humanity through expression and gesture.