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 Ginger Whellock  (1940 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Montana/Illinois      Known for: landscape painting

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Ginger Whellock
Cloaked in Winter's Chill, Pastel on Board, 24 x 18 in gold 4" Frame
Copyright Ginger Whellock, 2006
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ginger Whellock, born in Chicago in 1940, grew up in Wilmette and majored in fine art at a mid-western college.  Over thirty years ago, as a young woman with two children, she moved west.  Her interest in the broad western landscape developed early in her move when she lived and worked on a remote cattle ranch in central Montana.  Since her Montana days, she has also lived in South Dakota, Wyoming and currently resides in Colorado.  Her home, in the foothills south of Denver, contains her personal studio and a teaching and framing studio.

During high school Ginger became seriously interested in the Impressionist movement and diligently studied many of those painters and others loosely associated with the movement.  Then, in college where Abstract Expressionism was the rule of the day, she became discontented with her involvement in art.  One professor recognized her drawing talent and discontent.  Ginger believes this professor’s understanding and guidance still resonate with her in the traditional representational paintings she produces today.

Although she always considered herself an artist, her career choices focused on teaching, ranching and business.  In 1990, following many years in business, her husband offered her the opportunity to stop working, suggesting instead that she pursue her love of painting.  Ginger jumped at the prospect of finally working as a full-time artist.

Though Ginger is known for her western landscape paintings, she also paints an extensive variety of worldwide locations.  In her body of work are paintings of England, France, and Canada, the US east coast from Maryland to South Carolina, California and the mid-west as well as all of the western states.  Ginger suggests that painting water creates her biggest challenge and her greatest sense of satisfaction.  In all her paintings the common theme of the beauty and abundance of our planet and our personal relationship to it, keeps the viewer’s attention.  The response to Ginger’s paintings is often a sense of peace, tranquility, hope and wonder.  Through the use of color, light, atmosphere and depth of field, she shares with you her personal feelings about each location.  You are gently pulled into the painting; stimulated by your own personal memories and longings.  “My work is tranquil, realistic though not romantic, colorful and relaxing.  My aim is to bring you, the viewer, into the painting with me to share the moment.  Perhaps this journey will trigger your recollections of such a magical place.”

Ginger currently works exclusively in oil, though she is accomplished in pastel, watercolor, graphite and pen and ink.  She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a Juried Member of the Pastel Society of America.  Her paintings have been selected for articles in Southwest Art, Wildlife Art, International Artist and volume 1 of Best of American Pastel Artists and Artisans, 2007

She has participated in the South Eastern Wildlife Exhibition, Art for the Sangres, Mt Oyster Club Show, Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction and the Colorado Governor’s Show among others.  Ginger has earned many awards at national shows and has been juried into the Paint the Parks Top 100 - 2007, PaintAmerica Top 100 - 2007 and 2006 and Arts for the Parks Mini 100 - 2006.  She also had paintings juried into the Top 200 in all three of these shows.  Ginger’s paintings hang in private and corporate collections worldwide. 

Artist statement
“I love nature.  Wherever I travel I take delight in the beauty of the land as well as the people who live there and what they have constructed.  I am consumed with photographing and making notes about color and composition, temperature and atmosphere, sounds and smells and my personal emotional response at the time.  Sometimes, I have time to capture the essence of the subject in a plein air painting.

I don’t want to chronicle the landscape for future generations.  I would rather convince the viewer, through my painting, to protect this place for everyone, forever. I will paint this beautiful Earth for you to enjoy, but we are all responsible for its care and preservation.”

Submitted by the artist, Ginger Whellock, November 2008.


Exhibitions:
"Arts for the Parks" Top 200, Jackson, Wyoming, 2004
"Arts for the Sangres", Invitational, Westcliffe, Colorado, 2004
"Waterfowl Festival", Invitational, Easton, Maryland, 2004
9th Annual Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, Rist Canyon, Colorado, 2004
Honorable Mention - Pastel Society of Colorado, Evergreen, CO, 2004
"Pastel Artist Showcase", International Artists Magazine, Spring 2004
"Southeastern Wildlife Exposition", 23rd Invitational, Charleston, SC 2005
First Place Pastel, Images of Parker, Center for the Arts, Parker Colorado, 2003
"The Pastel National 2004", Juried, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, 2004
"Southeastern Wildlife Exposition", 22nd Invitational, Charleston, SC, 2004
"Colorado Art Open", Juried, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, 2001 & 2003
"Gallery Girls", Eldridge McCarthy Gallery, Santa Fe, 2002
"The Art of Pastel", Invitational, Patron's Art Gallery, Cherry Creek, Denver, 2002
"Peace on Earth", One Woman Show, Jeffrey Rein Gallery, Castle Rock, CO, 2001
"Denver Invitational", Merrill Johnson Gallery, Cherry Creek, Denver, 2001
"Three Women", Eldridge McCarthy Gallery, Santa Fe, 2001
"All Pastels", The Variant Gallery, Taos, 2000
"A Passion for Pastel", One Woman Show, Santa Fe, 2000

AWARDS
Best of Show Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies, Willowtree Gallery, Idaho Falls, ID, 2003
Second Place Pastel Society of Colorado Member Show, Lakewood, 2003
"International Association of Pastel Societies", 7th Exhibition, Bethlehem, PA, 2004
"Pastels USA", Juried, Pastel Society West Coast, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, 2004
"Annual National Pastel Show", Juried, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2003

Associations:
Pastel Society Of Colorado-Signature Member
Pastel Society Of the Northern Rockies
Pastel Society Of New Mexico
Foothills Art Center
Art Students League Of Denver
Pastel Society Of America -- Associate Member
Pastel Society Of the  West Coast

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