My philosophy is to paint with passion, to reach within myself and communicate the essential components of a subject. Exciting, brilliant colors, bold brushstrokes, clarity of light exemplify my work. Painting realistic abstracts brings a sense of freedom in my landscapes and cityscapes. Watercolor is an ideal medium for my inner artist, as it awakens a sense of adventure and spontaneity.
LANIE WIDMAR is a former architect, who after many years in the corporate design world, decided to focus her work on painting watercolors. Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Widmar now resides in Altea, Spain. Widmar's paintings are a result of experiences in the field that inspire her awe in the beauty of the Western and European landscapes. She is particularly drawn to ancient ruins, villages, and monuments that mark a historic place in mankind's journey on earth. Her paintings are expressive with a strong use of color.
Widmar is represented by UGallery, San Francisco and her work is featured in many private collections from Australia to Europe to the USA.
Widmar's art and architecture education include formal studies at The Florence Academy of Art and Latin American Art at the Universidad de Mexico, Mexico City. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. She completed her Masters of Business Administration, at Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California.
Lanie Widmar paints energetic scenes of European landscapes and cityscapes. Her work hovers on the edge of abstraction and uses just enough pictorial imagery to suggest the scene. She strives to portray the essence of each location and allows the viewer to participate with his or her imagination. Lanie discovers her subject matter on her travels, where she sketches, photographs and paints en plein air.
I begin the concept of a painting with the open mind of an explorer setting off for the New World. I use a series of images, photographs and sketches for the conceptual imagery. I like to work in a state of experimentation, allowing the work to evolve from my imagination. I prefer my subjects to be about the day-to-day scenery in my life .... the Mediterranean sea, the Spanish gorgeous landscape and scenic medieval villages. These are depicted in an expressionistic manner with bold colors, brushstrokes, often using my palette knife to achieve exciting textures. I enjoy using many mediums and materials -- watercolors acylic paints, oil pastels, markers graphite and collage - whose very nature allows freedom to work without hesitation.
Gallery Portal dÁrte, Calpe, Spain, May, 2019
Meliton: Costa Blanca, Solo Exhibit, February - April, 2019
Gallery Portal dÁrte, Calpe, Spain, November, 2018
AlteArte: Impresiones de Altea, Solo Exhibit, Altea, Spain
Gallery Portal dÁrte, Calpe, Spain, May, 2018
Casa de Cultura, Dénia, Spain, september, 2017
RUINS SOLO Exhibit, Sedona Art Gallery, 2016
Sedona Plein Air National Art Festival, Invited Artist, 2016
Featured Artist: Sedona Art Center, September, 2016
Featured Artist: Sedona Art Center, May, 2016
Featured Artist: Sedona Art Center, February, 2015
Featured Artist: Sedona Art Center, July, 2015
Featured Artist: Sedona Art Center, June, 2014
Featured Artist: Sedona Art Center, January, 2014