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Garnie Swearns Quick

 (1921 - 2013)
Garnie Swearns Quick was active/lived in Colorado, Missouri.  Garnie Quick is known for Portrait, still life and landscape watercolor painting.

Garnie Swearns Quick

Biography from the Archives of askART

Garnie Quick (born 1921)

Born on June 1, 1921, Garnie Quick has been learning the medium of watercolor for over 25 years.  She became enamored when she attended a watercolor workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico in 1984.

Since then she has studied with many well known artists both here and abroad.  Her travels have taken her to New Mexico, California, Mexico, Italy, France, Ireland and the Caribbean. Her paintings reflect her impression of all that she has experienced, displaying the beauty and excitement that she has discovered in nature and life.  

Although, she experimented with other mediums such as oil, painting watercolors is her forte.  In many of her watercolors we are in the presence of an artist who sees a lyrical quality in people, places and things.  Indeed, capturing the essence of the world around her is of primary interest to Garnie Quick in her watercolor painting. She often worked on location, her bright and spontaneous approach created an illuminating interpretation of her subjects

Through her magical recreations of still-life, landscape and people's portraits, Quick captures lasting artistic images.

University of Colorado
Rocky Mountain Art Institute
Art Students League

Workshops with nationally known artists such as Tony Van Hasselt, Jeanne Doby, Bill Condit, Betty DeMaree, Serge Hollerbach, Arne Westerman, and Irving Shapiro among others.  

Selected Juried Exhibitions:
Colorado Watercolor Society
Depot Art Center - Littleton, CO
Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival
Great Frame Up - Depot Art Center
Gilpin County Arts Annual Show, Central City, CO
Art Zone - Jewish Community Center
Own An Original Art Show - Littleton, CO
All Colorado Art Show - Greenwood Village, CO
This is Colorado - Heritage Art Guild
Colorado Art Open - Foothills Art Center
Allied Artists of America - National Art Club - New York City
Pikes Peak Water Media 2000 - Colorado Springs, CO
Selected Individual/Invitational Shows:   
Expressions in Art - 1989 Depot Art Center
Perspective of 3 Artists - 1991, Century Bank
Grand Unveiling - 1993 - Hiwan Gallery
University Club - 1995
Koelbel Library - 1995, 2000, 2003, 2008
Artcraft Gallery - 1998
Chez Artiste - 2004
Reflections of Italy -La Dolce Vita, 2005
Framed Image Gallery - 2005
Littleton Historical Museum - 2006
Koelbel Library - 2008

Honors and Awards:
1st Place - Watercolor - The Great Frame Up Show - 1989
Patron Purchase Award - Glenwood Fall Art Festival- 1990
1st Place Watercolor -"This is Colorado 1991"
Meritorious Award - Colorado Art Assoc. State Show - 1993
Merit Award - Colorado Art Open, Foothills - 1994
Grumbacher Award - Depot Anniversary Show - 1995
Merit Award - Bemis Own An Original, 1995
Juror's Award - Depot Anniversary Show 1996
Merit Award - Great Frame Up - 1997, 1999
Winner's Circle Show - Depot Art Center, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001
3rd Place Watercolor - Bemis Own An Original - 2002
Juror's Award - All Colorado Show - 2000
3rd Place - Colorado Watercolor Society Fall Show - 2000
Bemis Own An Original - 2004,  Honorable Mention
Littleton Historical Museum - Best of Show 2005

Private and Corporate Collections:
ReMax Devonshire
Rose Medical Center
Associates in Financial Counseling, Inc.
Art Affiliations:
Colorado Watercolor Society - Signature Member
Foothills Art Center
Art Students League
Park Hill Art Club
Allied Artists of America, Associate
Channel Six Auction
Courthouse Child Abuse Fund Raiser
Denver Ear Institute
Mullen's Mardi Gras Auction
Children's Hospital
Arapahoe Library Foundation

Sources include:
The artist's own website & artist's printed biography.

Biography from the Archives of askART
Following is an obituary of the artist.

Garnie Swearns Quick, age 91, passed away March 1, 2013. Garnie was born June 1, 1921 in Hanna, Wyoming to Earnest Vinton and Sadie M. (Cyphers) Swearns. She graduated from East High School in 1938 and attended the University of Colorado where she was a Pi Beta Phi Sorority member. She worked for United Airlines in New York during and after WWII. In 1948 she married Robert E. Quick Jr. and the couple lived in Kansas City, MO for four years, returning to Denver in 1952. They were divorced in 1971. Garnie worked as a realtor for several firms for 15 years.

At 60 years old she found her muse when she embarked on a career as a watercolor artist. Her art education included the Rocky Mountain Art Institute, the Art Students League, and workshops with nationally known artists such as Tony Van Hasselt, Jeanne Doby, Serge Hollerbach, Arne Westerman, and Irving Shapiro, among others.

Garnie had numerous juried exhibits and individual/invitational shows, and won multiple awards and honors, including first place at the Great Frame-Up Show (1989) and This is Colorado 1991, and Best in Show at the Littleton Historical Museum (2005).

Her paintings are in several private and corporate collections. She was affiliated with the Colorado Watercolor Society, Foothills Art Center, Art Students League, Park Hill Art Club, and the Allied Artists of America. Garnie's other interests included golf, tennis, skiing, walking, reading, bridge and travel.

She is survived by her daughter Holly and son Rob. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Fairmount Mortuary Chapel, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver.

Submitted by Ali Zarrin, Ph.D. whose source is

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About  Garnie Swearns Quick

Born:  1921 - Hanna, Wyoming
Died:   2013 - Denver, Colorado
Known for:  Portrait, still life and landscape watercolor painting