Paula Hepburn is a watercolor and mixed media artist. She received her B.A. degree with a major in Theatre from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She pursued her love of painting independently and attended workshops and art classes across the country. Her most influential instructor was Paul Wieghardt, a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago with whom she studied for almost 2 years. His encouragement to trust one’s own creative impulses continues to influence the choices she makes in her paintings.
Before moving to Danville,Vermont three years ago, Hepburn and her family lived in Salisbury, Maryland for over 30 years. In Salisbury, she was invited by the Art Institute and Gallery (AI&G) to become an inaugural member of the Artists’ Co-op – an independent group of 12 professional artists - whose members exhibited together regionally and mounted an annual show at AI&G and Salisbury University. Hepburn has had many solo and group shows in Maryland and Delaware. Since moving to Vermont she has had a two-person show at WREN , Bethlehem, New Hampshire. She has been accepted into national juried shows at Corpus Christie, Texas, AI&G, the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia and Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland. She was invited to be an exhibitor in “Painters of the Eastern Shore” held at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury. Hepburn is a member of the National Collage Society, WREN, and River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME.
I have been painting for over 30 years. Watercolor is my preferred medium. It has a wild and explosive quality that excites me. I love the changing paths it often takes when it makes contact with the paper. It challenges me to go in new and interesting directions. My subjects are drawn from nature – patterns and designs that are found in water and rocks – abstract impressions of the texture, shape and movement of these subjects. At times, I paint more realistic landscapes which are quiet moments of meditation.