I love to paint and explore new ideas and methods of expression. I am the happiest during the process of creating art.

Although I’m best known for my paintings in watercolor, I also work in gouache, acrylic, and mixed media. I like texture, lines, and subtle colors.

I live on the Oregon coast with my husband and yellow lab Ellie. The beauty of the forest and the ebb and flow of coastal waters inspire my art.


Juror’s Choice Award, Umpqua Plein Air 2017

People’s Choice Award, Umpqua Plein Air 2014

First Place Award, Umpqua Plein Air 2012 Quick Draw

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

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

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

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


Art Instructor, 2010-Present

Gallery Director, Gallery 7 – Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville, Oregon, 2011-2017

Juror for North Valley Art League National Painting Exhibit, 2015

President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, 2010-2011

Vinita Pappas © 2021