Vinita Pappas

For me, it’s all about experimenting and enjoying the art process. I thrive on the journey that each new painting brings.



2017 Schedule


  • January 30, 2017:  Creative Renewal class content released
  • June 23-25, 2017:  Plein Air Workshop, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, Oregon

I’m a small town girl living in a 140 yr old farmhouse — the same house that I lived in as a young child. My studio overlooks our fields and sometimes the cows look in the window to see what I’m up to.

I’m thankful that my quiet country life allows me the time and energy to create.

People often ask me how long I’ve been an artist. I remember sitting on our porch during a house-painting session when I was really little. I was too young to be of any help so my Mom gave me a bucket of water and a paintbrush and I “painted” our cement steps.

I’ve been officially painting since 2002 but I think I always knew I was an artist.

Art for me has opened up a whole new way to live. Every day I am amazed at the beauty of our world. Even the things most people consider ugly take on an understated elegance with the right form and light.

Design has always intrigued me. I love the play of balance and imbalance, repetition and incongruity, dark and light, soft and textured…the yin and yang of life. Because of the study of this balance, art has made me be a better person, a more “real” version of me. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

Although I’m best known for my watercolor work, I enjoy experimenting with different styles and mediums. Creativity is a process of discovery about myself and my surroundings.

The energy of a scene, the beauty of the actual paint and the emotional connection of the viewer are three amazing elements of inspiration to me.

My ultimate reason for being a painter is to be able to tell a story of a scene, expressing its atmosphere, mood and depth while also leaving enough unspoken so the viewer can add their own personal message.

Striving to paint from a place of openness and vulnerability, I hope my artwork will become a point of intersection of those elements; subject, paint, and viewer.

Connection, that’s what it’s all about and that’s what continues to inspire me.  

Exhibits - Awards

Awards of Distinction, Umpqua Plein Air 2016

Awards of Distinction, Umpqua Plein Air 2015

People’s Choice Award, Umpqua Plein Air 2014

First Place Award, Umpqua Plein Air 2012 Quick Draw

“Text Us” Juried Exhibit, Umpqua Valley Art Association

“Hundred Valleys” Juried Exhibit, Umpqua Valley Art Association

Award of Distinction, Watercolor Society of Oregon 46th Annual Transparent Watercolor Exhibition

Achievement Award, Watercolor Society of Oregon 46th Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition

Plein Air Painters of Oregon Open Exhibition, “Celebrate Oregon”

Fourth Place Award, Watercolor Society of Oregon 45th Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition

Solo exhibits, Fisher’s Flowers and Fine Art

Grand Prize Winner, Mirror Pond Gallery National Pastel and Watercolor Exhibition

2009 Greatest of the Grape Featured Artist and Poster Art

Best of Show Award, “Hundred Valleys”, Umpqua Valley Art Association

Achievement Award, Watercolor Society of Oregon 43rd Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition

Solo exhibit, Gallery II, Umpqua Valley Art Association

Art Related Work

Online Art Instructor, Messy Palette Club

Gallery Director, Gallery 7 – Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville, Oregon, 2011-present

Umpqua Plein Air Committee Chair, 2016

Juror for North Valley Art League National Painting Exhibit, 2015

President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, 2010-2011

Vice President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, 2009-2010

Online instructor and Workshop Instructor, 2010-present

 Juror Panel Member l for “How I See Myself”, Juried Self Portrait Exhibit, UVAA, 2009

Gallery Committee Member, Umpqua Valley Art Association, 2009-2013


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