Once an Abstract Expressionist, I now delight in discovering and developing images within my paintings. Some remain abstract but many evolve into florals or into whimsical animalscapes, my trademarked Zooillogicals®. They are my attempt to inject light-hearted humor into the serious field of art. They are also my metaphor for the peace and harmony so often lacking in real life.
A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Chica Brunsvold graduated from the UM with a BS in Design & an MA in Art. She was an Illustrator General for the CIA and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces before becoming a full time award-winning artist.
She has earned Signature Membership in both the American and National Watercolor Societies as well Alabama, Baltimore, GA, KY, MS, MO, MT, Northwest, OK, PA, Pittsburgh, Taos and VA Watercolor Societies. She’s been in over 200 national watermedia exhibitions, won over 4 dozen awards and has had over 25 solo shows both locally and throughout the US in art museums, art centers, universities and hospitals.
Three times she was on the faculty of “Stretching the Boundaries of Creativity” in Ohio. She has given numerous watercolor programs, demonstrations and workshops. She has juried and judged many art shows in VA, and also in WVA & DE.
Three of her Zooillogicals® were part of the US Arts in Embassies program in Rangoon. Her work is the permanent collections of The Art Station at Stone Mt GA; Burroughs/Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC; Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX;
Fairfax INOVA Hospital, VA; Longwood University, Farmville, VA; Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, WI; Resurrection Hospital, Chicago, IL and Finnegan Law Firm in Reston, VA & Atlanta, GA. She is represented by Gallery Underground in Crystal City and Gallery Clarendon.
Listed in Who’s Who of American Art, her work is published in 8 art books, 4 from North Light: Splash 10, The Artist’s Muse, Celebrating Your Creative Self, The Creative Edge and 4 Creative Press books: The Artistic Touch 3,4, 5 & 6. She has 3 paintings and an article in: “Say it with Flowers” in the June, 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist. She has also been featured 7 other times in nationally published watercolor magazines. Giclee prints are available for selected works.