Known for her vibrant and powerful portraits, Myrna Wacknov, once a watercolor traditionalist, has been successfully pushing beyond conventional techniques over the recent years to explore new and exciting ways of working with a diversity of new media.
As Wacknov notes, “I have always been drawn to faces. It is still one of the most miraculous things to me that every one is unique on the outside and so familiar on the inside. I prefer to work from photographs as my camera can capture those unguarded moments that are impossible to sustain in a sitting. After rendering a more traditional rendition, I also enjoy manipulating the image in various digital applications which inspires me to create unusual variations for a series.”
Picasso on my Mind
Included in the exhibition are a number of self portraits. “I often turn to my own face as a convenience," says Wacknov. “I am always available. It also provides me with the opportunity for self examination and is strangely liberating. I am not interested in creating a flattering image, freeing me to experiment with technique and message with no constraints.”
Wacknov has acquired signature status in five national watercolor societies, won numerous awards in national competitions, and has been featured in Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, American Artist, The Artist Magazine, The Palette Magazine, L’Aquarelle, and has images in numerous art books including the Splash series, Incite series, A Stroke of Genius series, Acrylic Artist and Acrylic Works.
Banner Image: David Levine