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Anke Dodson – Shimmering Sunset

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Anke Dodson – Shimmering Sunset

Anke Dodson

"Shimmering Sunset"

Watercolor on Paper , 30" x 22"

Sale Price $1600

Anke Dodson is a native of Germany and a naturalized citizen of the United States. She is a resident of Tulsa, OK. Her work includes cityscapes, landscapes and marine subjects. She enjoys working in the style of contemporary or painterly realism on a variety of surfaces such as watercolor canvas, aquaboard, clayboard, yupo, rice paper and, of course, traditional watercolor papers.

She has studied painting in watercolor and pastels with nationally known artists and instructors such as Steven Quiller, Alan Flattman, Naomi Brotherton, Judy Betts, Christopher Schink and others and in recent years has added the art of printmaking, more specifically monotypes. Taking a workshop taught by renowned printmaker Julia Ayers made her want to learn more about this unique medium and its possibilities.

In June of 2011 she was invited by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK to teach an introductory monotype workshop in conjunction with their “Rauschenberg at Gemini” exhibition. A solo exhibition at the Gallery of the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa in October 2011 included a large number of monotypes, portraying the change of seasons on the prairie.

The Community National Bank of Kansas commissioned her to paint historical works for seven of their branch offices. The large portraits of these communities are now on exhibit in their respective cities. Her work has been added to a number of corporate and private collections in the U.S., Germany and France, including several commissioned pieces.She is represented by the Eva Reynolds Gallery of Fine Arts in Leawood, KS (Kansas City) and her work can also be found in the virtual galleries of the Oklahoma Artists Coalition and the Tulsa Artists Guild (TAG).


Artist Statement

 My watercolors, monotypes and pastels are all based on my love of texture and the play of light and shadow on natural and man-made surfaces. The urban landscape, without question, is my favorite subject precisely because it offers endless opportunities to portray these elements in a painting.

Using various supports for the beautiful, granulating pigments of watercolor such as hand-cast papers, claybord, aquabord, yupo and watercolor canvas in addition to traditional papers further enhances the results.These surfaces lend themselves well to a variety of subject matter and to experimentation, contributing greatly to my enjoyment of the painting process.

When I discovered monotypes I found it easy to fall in love with this unique print-making process. Unlike paintings in watercolor and pastel, which can be carefully planned, the outcome of a completed monotype is very often pure serendipity.