February 1, 2008


by Myrna Wacknov

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1942, Myrna was already demonstrating an unusual ability and interest in art as early as 5 years old. Her passion for color and for portraiture and figurative work have been ongoing themes since childhood. She studied with world renowned portrait artist Frank Szaz as a teenager and learned to paint in oils in the Old Master's technique. Myrna started her own company, Myrna Wacknov, Designs, Inc. in 1982 and has worked in many art mediums. In 2000 she began her love affair with watercolor. She has taken many workshops with top watercolorists including Joseph Bohler, Catherine Anderson, Roland Roycraft, Judy Morris Charles Reid, Arne Westerman, Frank Francase, Carla O'Connor and Karen Frey. She participated in "Watercolor Beyond the Obvious" (WBTO) with Mike Bailey. She received Signature Membership in the National Watercolor Society in 2005 and in the California Watercolor Society in 2007. In addition, Myrna has won numerous awards through exhibiting with the California Watercolor Association Blackhawk Gallery. Myrna's work is currently on exhibit at the Concord Gallery in Concord, California, where she was the featured artist for October, November and December, 2007. She is available to give demonstrations for art organizations and present 5 day workshops in Watercolor Portraiture.

Myrna continues to explore watercolor's limitless range of possibilities with a special emphasis on color, dramatic impact, and textures. Her figurative work seeks out the universal communication of humanity through expression and gesture. You can find more of her work at her website, MyrnaWacknov.com and at her blog.