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Renee Galligher

As an Idaho watercolor artist and Distinguished Merit member of the Idaho Watercolor Society, member of the Western Federation Watercolor Society, and Nampa Art Guild, my love of art was cultivated by a great high school teacher who pushed me beyond what I thought I could do. 

Although I’ve used many mediums studied in high school and developed throughout college, watercolor remains my favorite with its translucent, fluid, and challenging nature.

Over the last 20 plus years, I have maintained a sole focus on the use of watercolor in order to grow my knowledge of it. My favorite subjects are portraits, both people and animals, and landscapes; the latter painted from photos taken during many road trip vacations throughout Idaho and across the United States. As you will see here on my site, I have painted many topics and will continue to do so as my love for interpreting a subject into art continues.

Awards:

  • 2019 Richeson75 International Art Competition, “Animals, Birds, and Wildlife”: Meritorious Award for “Don’t Fence Me In”
  • 2019 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Portraits, People, Watercolor – “Daddy’s Home”, Honorable Mention
  • 2019 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Wildlife, Animals, Watercolor – “Under the Brambles”, Honorable Mention
  • 2019 Idaho Watercolor Society 40th Annual Juried Exhibition, Ruth Clark Founder’s Award: “Don’t Fence Me In”
  • 2019 44th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) Exhibition: “Calle de Perro” was among the 112 selected out of 950 entries.
  • 2018 Idaho Watercolor Society 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Award: “Our Lady of Tears”
  • 2018, Awarded Distinguished Merit Member Award by the Idaho Watercolor Society.
  • 2018 Art Source Gallery 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Tempest” juried in.
  • 2018 Nampa Art Guild Spring Show “Art is in the Air” Awards: “Bruce the Moose” received 2nd Place and “Calle de Perro” received an honorable mention.
  • 2017 Idaho Watercolor Society 38th Annual Juried Member Exhibition, Jack Richeson Award: “Tempest”
  • 2017 Zion’s Bank Artist’s Reception, Certificate of participation, May 11, 2017
  • 2016 Nampa Art Guild Fall Member Show “Autumn Dreams”​, “Chipping Sparrow”  received a Gold Certificate.
  • 2016 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Animals/Wildlife, “Gato Mexicano”​, 3rd Place
  • 2016 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Seascape/Waterscape, “Aqua de Oro”, 2nd Place
  • 2016 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Best Watercolor, “Aqua de Oro”  
  • 2016 Nampa Art Guild “Applause” Spring Show, “Aqua de Oro”, Windsor Newton Award
  • 2016 Zions Bank Artists’ Reception, Certificate of participation
  • 2016 Idaho Watercolor Society 37th Annual Juried Member Exhibition, “Star River Walk”, Silver Sponsor Purchase by Idaho Power.
  • 2016 Awarded Honorary Merit Member by the Idaho Watercolor Society.
  • 2015 Nampa Art Guild Fall “Creative Harvest” Show, “Star River Walk” awarded a Bronze Award
  • 2015 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Animals/Wildlife, “Cat’s Eyes”​ Honorable Mention and People’s Choice Award
  • 2015 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Western, “Couch Potato”, First Place
  • 2015 IWS 36th Annual Juried Member Exhibition, “Aqua de Oro”, Jack Richeson Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Watercolor Artist.
  • 2014 Nampa Art Guild Centennial 29 Juried Show, Juried in, “Sunbeam Dam at Midday” and “Middle Fork Gold”.
  • 2014 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, “Miss Missy” – 3rd Place
  • 2014 IWS 35th Annual Juried Member Exhibition, “Miss Missy” juried in by the artist, Fealing Lin
  • 2014 Nampa Art Guild “Colors of Spring” Show, “Gibbon River III” – 2nd Place
  • 2013 Nampa Art Guild Centennial 28 Juried Show, juried in “Gibbon River III” and “Season’s Shadow”. 
  • 2013 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Landscape, “Gibbon River III” – 2nd Place
  • 2013 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Portrait, “Tresa and Skylar” – 3rd Place
  • 2012 Western Idaho State Fair, Fine Arts, Professional Division, Cityscape/Architect, “Season’s Shadow” – 1st Place

Shows/Exhibits:

  • 2019 Richeson 75 International Art Competition, “Animals, Birds, and Wildlife”
  • 2019 Idaho Watercolor Society 40th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2019 Nampa Art Guild Spring Member Show
  • 2018 Idaho Watercolor Society 39th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2018 Art Source Gallery 16th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2017 Idaho Watercolor Society 38th Annual Juried Member Exhibition
  • 2017 Zion’s Bank Artist’s Reception
  • 2016 Idaho Watercolor Society 37th Annual Juried Member Exhibition
  • 2016 Nampa Art Guild Fall Member Show
  • 2016 Western Idaho State Fair
  • 2016 Zions Bank Artists’ Reception
  • 2015 Nampa Art Guild Fall Member Show
  • 2015 Western Idaho State Fair
  • 2015 Idaho Watercolor Society 36th Annual Juried Member Exhibition
  • 2014 Nampa Art Guild Centennial 29 Juried Show
  • 2014 Western Idaho State Fair
  • 2014 IWS 35th Annual Juried Member Exhibition
  • 2014 Nampa Art Guild Spring Show
  • 2014 mouse and the ELEPHANT – SW Region 2014
  • 2013 Nampa Art Guild Centennial 28 Juried Show
  • 2013 Western Idaho State Fair
  • 2012 Western Idaho State Fair