Juanita Hagberg

Vista del Rio

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Juanita Hagberg recently rafted and hiked the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. She experienced first-hand, the 2 billion year metamorphosis of the Canyon, its formations and unconformities. While there she painted small plein-air studies, but the grandeur and scope of the place called for bigger paintings. Based on her memories she developed a series of large scale abstract watercolors on Yupo. This substrate supports her use of color, texture, movement and intensity. Her exploration of the subject recalls the enormity of the River and Canyon, its geologic history, forms, and patterns. These bold and unique paintings show the impact of erosion, light intensity, rock formations, and the raging power of water. To this end, they convey a sense of an unimaginable passage of time and its impact on the environment. Her art captures the rugged treachery and sublime beauty of this intriguing landscape.
Hagberg’s paintings have won many awards, and appear in books and several magazines. Recently, her work was selected for inclusion into “The de Young Open,” de Young Museum, S.F., CA; The “Signature American Watermedia Exhibition,” Fallbrook, CA; “Yosemite Renaissance 36,” Yosemite (National Park) Museum Gallery; and Anacortes Fine Arts at the Port,” Anacortes, WA. Juanita has been a guest artist/lecturer for California Watercolor Association. Her work is collected nationally and internationally, and can be viewed at Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, juanitahagbergwatercolors.com, and theartistsnetwork.com.