As long as Aileen Garvey can remember, she has had a brush or pencil in her hand. Her artistic interests range from designing and painting cabinets for her home to painting a mural, beautiful animals, children's faces and landscapes. Her early painting medium was oils, then for 25 years she concentrated on watercolors. Since reading a book “Acrylics, a Watercolor Alternative" by Charles Harrington, in 2008, she has worked become an expert in acrylics. Recently, she began working in oil again.
Ms. Garvey searches through her extensive set of photographs looking for one that shouts, "It's my turn." After she finds that inspiring photo, she does some preliminary sketches while thinking of a fitting title for her finished painting (usually something funny). Ms. Garvey is primarily a self-taught artist. She challenges herself with every painting to see what she can do to improve each piece. What’s striking when viewing one of her paintings is her use of rich color and strong values to enliven her work. Many of her paintings are in private collections through-out Arizona and several other states. She has a large following of collectors.
Ms. Garvey was a member of Scottsdale Artist League for ten years. She is also a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, Arizona Artist Guild and Vanguard Artist. Ms. Garvey is a recent member Palo Verde Artists and Sonoran Art League, where she enjoys fellowship with many talented artists. She is the education coordinator and member for the Artists by The Lake club at Lakeview Recreational Center. In addition to those responsibilities, she teaches beginning and advanced painting in acrylic or oils and organizes the club’s monthly critique.
Ms. Garvey’s painting "Dining Out" was featured in Tempe Artists and in 2009 calendar and an article in the Sun Lakes Splash. Her painting "Woods Canyon Lake" was featured in the Chandler newspaper publicizing the exhibit at the Boston Art Gallery in 2008. She has presented demonstrations at Oakwood Artists League 2005 and 2006. In April, 2014 she did an Acrylic demonstration for Sun City West and a workshop.
Ms. Garvey has exhibited since 2001 at the Arizona State University Grady Gammage Auditorium. She was recently accepted in the Juried International Art Show in Surprise at the WHAM Gallery. Ms. Garvey has won many awards during her painting career. The one she is most proud of is for “Artist of the Year” with “Mothers Love” by the Arizona Artist Guild. She is a yearly contributor to the Glendale Invitational Show and the All Sun City Art Show.
The Artists by the Lake club will host a fine art sale of current members artwork at WHAM Art Center, 16560 Dysart Road, Surprise, Oct. 1-31. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with an open houe 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
Editor’s note: Deb Dahlin is president of Artist by the Lake.