Sausalito  Artist - Arlene Whiting

Arlene Whiting San Francisco Bay Area Abstract Figurative Artist


I am an abstract artist, yet my subject matter is clearly represented. That seeming contradiction is my defining style. I establish color and value patterns first of all, and the subject matter is woven into that design.

I am interested in things that move; dancers, animals, athletes. The challenge is to suggest movement. I use the natural gesture of the subject and expand the composition using corresponding shapes, light and dark values and appropriate color. I love to draw but resist the temptation to draw subject matter until I have the abstract elements in place.

I attended Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and received my BFA from the California College of Arts in Oakland. I was a student and, later, teaching assistant of Jean Henry of San Francisco. I have participated in master classes conduced by Don Hatfield, Mark Daily, and Carolyn Anderson.

My awards and honors include First Place in Painting, Ehrman Show, Lake Tahoe; Purchase Award, Riverside Art Center Museum; Purchase prize, Curley Collection Marin County Arts Commission, Second Place in Painting, 19th Annual Statewide, Santa Rosa; Merit Award California State Fair 2007 and 2008 and Award of Excellence California State Fair 2009.

I am represented by the Richardson Gallery in Reno, Nevada.

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