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76th Annual International Open

Exhibition Juror

Jeanie McGuire

Residing in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jeannie McGuire began her professional career with a commercial graphic design and photography degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1974. Twelve years with an international corporation were followed by a free lance graphic design business, portrait and figurative commissions, co-founding a co-op art gallery, and now, what she truly loves to do: create and compose paintings in a unique way.

Exhibiting internationally, her work has been recognized with many awards including the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor for her painting “Kenneth”. Jeannie juries art exhibitions and gives figurative design watercolor workshops to artists, always encouraging a purpose for creating art. Her original work and commissions are in both private and public collections.

Jeannie’s art style and process have been featured in many art publications since 2010. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and other select small groups.

Jeannie’s strong figurative works in the watercolor medium invoke individual interpretation, communicating a story or feeling. Her work is impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject versus a traditional portrait. Inspirations for her paintings come from her own photography, acquired snap shots, client and family photos and life drawings.

Jeannie McGuire, AWS Her paintings, workshop schedule and exhibitions may be viewed at
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Juror Statement

In choosing works of art for the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 76th Annual International Exhibition I felt a sense of excitement. I was impressed by the eclectic pieces submitted and I responded especially to those works that demonstrated a sense or feeling. It is very important to me to have a viewer connection. I look for simplicity of statement, effective composition with staying power, and technical ability.

The show limit of 56 paintings was a serious challenge and I felt I could have chosen more of the fine and varied entries. In the end these 56 pieces form a strong body of work as well as individually holding their own.

To keep my own art fresh I encourage and challenge myself with a question; is it predictable or unpredictable? An otherwise spontaneous and uninhibited painting can come to a halt of indecision. To embrace the unknown is risky and difficult, exciting and creative and more times than not, well worth it. As a juror I am bound to face indecision many times over and I will undoubtedly be asking tough questions of myself.

Jeannie McGuire, AWS/PWS