HOPE FRIEDLAND - Watermedia Artist

My artwork is concerned with the play of interesting shapes, vibrant colors, rich textures and bright contrasts. My impressionistic watercolors include a wide variety of subjects including florals, landscapes, animals and people.  My wet into wet paintings are loose and expressive. Preserving the white of the paper is a primary goal of mine. This gives my work an overall glow with a sense of light and sparkle. My collages and assemblages are thematically based and come from my interest in collecting and collectibles. I gather the finds, however I willingly give over these objects to the creative process. I am not concerned with their literal translation. Instead, I use them to create playful  images that concentrate on color and texture. Often these abstractions make statements about life and the way I see it.
I am an award winning artist. My work has been exhibited throughout the New York area in juried, solo and group shows.  I teach watercolor and collage classes for Larchmont/Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education, The Pelham Art Center and Scarsdale  Adult School.  My work is represented by the Hawthorne Framing Gallery in Hawthorne, NY.  Additionally, I teach creative watercolor classes for Crystal, Cunard and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Recently I completed a commission to paint The Jeffries Point Lite for the Collins family. Three generations of this family were lighthouse keepers for this famous landmark, aka  the  "Little Red Lighthouse"  under the George Washington bridge.  My work also appears on the cover of numerous course catalogs.  As a writer, I write informative articles about teaching art and elementary art education.