Thursday, July 22, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Mom's Watercolors

1993 Florida State Fair Ribbon Winner
Cougar Watercolor

Watercolor Artist: Janet Runyan Wallen (1924 - 2010)

My parents were both artists and two weeks ago Treasure Chest Thursday was about my Dad's wood carvings so this week I thought I'd share a few photos of my mother's watercolors. These are just a few out of hundreds of paintings of my mother's that are now dispersed among family with the exception of those she sold or donated to the Life Enrichment Center for their fund raisers. Mom painted mostly Florida wildlife including marine life, animals, birds, plants and flowers. She won many ribbons and awards over the years and her paintings have been displayed in libraries and hospitals all over the Tampa Bay area. She did not start painting until the late 1980s after she retired from work.



  1. These are beautiful paintings. One of the things I would like to do when I retire is learn to paint with watercolors! This is very inspiring.

  2. I'm not sure how or why I missed this post, but I have to write. What an artist your mother was. She was a real inspiration, and followed her path. Your examples are just wonderful. Thank you Lisa.

  3. Thank you Kathy and Barbara for you comments. My mother was an inspiration, too bad I never got the artistic gene from either of my parents! But that's ok...I have my niche and I am happy in it!!