Recent awards for Gretha Lindwood’s work include “Honorable Mention” at the Carmel Art Festival 2019; “Pat Tunks” Award at the 2019 Lake Area Artists Show & Sale; “Olympic National Park Superintendent’s Award” at Paint the Peninsula 2018; 2ndPlace Award at the Wallowa Arts Festival 2018; “People’s Choice” at the Favell Museum Art Show & Sale 2017; “Honorable Mention” and 3rdPlace Quick Draw” at Driggs Digs Plein Air 2017; “Honorable Mention” at the 51stLake Area Artists Show & Sale; “Best Waterscape” at Paint the Peninsula 2016; “Best Pastel” and “Honorable Mention” at the 23rdAnnual Carmel Arts Festival; “Honorable Mention” at the 50thAnnual Lake Area Artists Show & Sale; “Olympic National Park Superintendent’s Award” and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge “Honorable Mention” at Paint the Peninsula 2015; “First Place” and “Mayor’s Award” at the 49thAnnual Lake Area Artists Show & Sale; “People’s Choice” at the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition 2014; “Best Pastel” at the 21stAnnual Carmel Art Festival; “Best Of Show” at the Lake Area Artists 48thAnnual Art Affair; “Best Pastel” at Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition 2013; “Second Place” at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 9thAnnual Best of Plein Air Juried Show; “Honorable Mention” at the 20thAnnual Carmel Art Festival; both “Best Pastel” and “People’s Choice” at the 19thAnnual Carmel Art Festival; “Juror’s Award” at the 26thAnnual Northwest Pastel Society International Exhibit; and “First Place” at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 7thAnnual Best of Plein Air Juried Show.
Lindwood has been juried in to Portland Open Studios for the past six years. She was a participant of the 19th– 24thand 25th- 26th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Los Gatos Plein Air 2012 - 2016, 3rdAnnual Lighthouse Art Festival, 8thAnnual Telluride Plein Air, 13thAnnual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational as well as the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Competitions and Exhibitions. Her work has been accepted to the Coos Art Museum Expressions West 2011 and 2010 in Coos Bay, Oregon as well as many juried exhibits throughout the west coast.
When using soft pastel sticks, powdered pigments from the earth recompressed to fit my hand, I make my marks on the dry surface of sandpaper to record impressions of our natural world. If oil paints are my choice, I apply color on canvas to describe the landscapes that are the subject of my work. By painting "en plein air", in the outdoors, and using an impressionistic touch, my landscapes invite the viewer into the scene.
Crisp, refreshing, and vivid are words that have been used to describe my paintings. The use of vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of my work which I developed during my 30 year career as an illustrator and graphic designer. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I cherish our unique landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.