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Vera Champlin’s paintings celebrate the natural world captured in atmospheric plein air views and colorful still lifes created from a mix of favorite flowers and collected treasures.
Ms. Champlin earned a BFA in Painting and Graphics from the University of New Hampshire in 1972. After a background in dance, pastry arts and retail, Ms. Champlin returned to her love of watercolor in 2000 and further study. Her most influential teachers include Mary Whyte, Frank Eber and Ann Blockley. Ms. Champlin has garnered various awards in art associations and has been featured numerous times in American Art Collector and in International Artist Publishing’s “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Your Favorite Subject.” Her paintings are also featured in Deborah Forman’s Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places. She teaches watercolor classes that combine traditional technique coupled with honoring each person’s unique, intuitive expression.
Ms. Champlin lives in Chatham, Massachusetts with her husband Peter and has two children, Nell and Waldo. Nell is currently working in a museum in Denver, Colorado and Waldo follows a career in business also in Denver. When not painting her passions include her gardens, cooking and traveling in France.
My ideas about what is beautiful and what has meaning began with my grandmother. She celebrated life through her gardens, flower arrangements and love of color. I too, draw my inspiration from the seasons and each one’s unique display. Whether I am painting a still life or landscape, my preference is to paint from life with all of its sensory impressions and vital energy.