Rivanna River Upstream View, 24x30, oil on canvas, $1,000
Gwen Cates, a native Virginian, moved in 1999, from Charlottesville, to Santa Ynez Valley, California with her husband, writer and wine maker, Bill Cates. She exhibited in Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles, The C Gallery in Los Alamos, California and many other California galleries.
In fall of 2015, Gwen Cates returned from CA to Whiskey Ridge Farm near Charlottesville, VA. She finished building her new studio, Whiskey Ridge Studio, in 2016.
Presently, Gwen is working on a series of plein air paintings of the South Fork of the Rivanna River, which borders Whiskey Ridge Farm. She started the Rivanna River series in fall of 2016 and has continued through fall 2017. Gwen took a break from landscapes during the cold winter months, and continued the abstract series, Interior Monologues, with a series of new abstract collage paintings with natural materials and gold leaf.
Gwen will have an exhibit of the Rivanna River Series at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, in December and January.
Go to VIRGINIA VISTAS to view the Rivanna River Series.