Whimsical watercolors at The Studios

Charlene Wilson opens new watercolor show

FLORENCE—The Studios at Jayne Smoley Design will host the opening show for artist Charlene Wilson during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour on June 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Studios is at 1458 First St. in Historic Old Town Florence.

Jayne Smoley, owner of The Studios, said, “This will be Wilson’s first public art show and we are very excited to have her here. After reconnecting with Charlene and getting to know her work, I knew that her watercolors would be a perfect fit at The Studios. I just love her Llamas and the way she uses bright colors to highlight their personalities!”

Wilson, daughter of a career military man, grew up to see the world at an early age. Born in London, England delivered by Prince Charles’ doctor, Sir Edward Peel, she lived in Morocco, Mexico, and Washington, D.C., which proved to be the cultural/artistic melting pot experience of her early years. Charlene then traveled extensively throughout Europe in between attending university in North Carolina.

Wilson followed her wanderlust in 1970 and traveled to Portland, Ore. She graduated from the University of Oregon, began teaching in 1972, moving to Florence in 1974 where she met and married Paul J. Wilson, an intelligent renaissance man and artist.

In the early 1980s, Wilson organized and ran watercolor workshops for Kathryn Davis. She also attended workshops with Davis, Pauline Cox, and Robert E. Woods before setting her brushes down to raise a family and continue teaching elementary school.

She retired from teaching in 2010 after a career as a Reading Specialist and teaching grades K through 6.

As Charlene retired, she began a new life line dancing, gardening, reading and painting watercolor again. Her very first venture back into the arts was a watercolor journaling class with Jude Siegel at Sitka Art Center in Otis, Ore.

Since then, she has continued to experiment with beautiful color and design, enjoying her journey back into the arts and she organizes local watercolor classes and workshops for her friend, Carole Hillsbery.

When she paints, Wilson says, “I try to incorporate the emotion that I feel, whether I paint landscapes or portraits, using bright transparent color. That emotion transcends style.”

Wilson has painted many commissions for friends and family of their animals, specializing in dogs and cats.

She was recently accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

“Along with Charlene’s work we will be showing resident artists Tamarah Philips and her oils, Gigi Lassan’s jewelry and acrylics and my kiln-formed glass,” Smoley said.

There will also be a special wine tasting event and music will be provided by Denny Weaver.

For more information on The Studios, visit jaynesmoleydesign.com.