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Licita Fernandez

San Rafael, CA

I’ve always considered myself an artist. I remember standing at an easel in kindergarten, painting wagon train scenes (I grew up in an era of cowboys and Indians, as politically incorrect as that is) and wedding cake boats: these are ocean liners that in my kindergarten mind looked like tiers of wedding cakes floating in the sea. Sixty plus years later, these wedding cake boats have reappeared in my imagery! For years I painted in watercolors, mostly botanical subject matter, mostly representational. More enjoyable for me to paint and for the viewer to view are my more whimsical, imaginative paintings. I created some of these in watercolor, and moved to acrylic on canvas almost exclusively. My work now: colorful, whimsical, joyful and imbued with humor and mystery. All my work shows my love of color. I’ve also spent many years teaching art to people of all ages, from preschool children to seniors. I have exhibited my artwork in California; Portland, Oregon; New Mexico; Tijuana, Guadalajara and Mexico City in Mexico. My work is in collections throughout the United States; in Mexico and in Colombia, South America. I strive to create artwork imbued with a sense of whimsy and mystery using abstract and semi-abstract imagery. Color is all-important to me: I’m drawn to brilliant, luminous colors that enhance my message of joy. Creating digital paintings on my iPad engrossed me for two years, starting January 1, 2017, but I acquired a new studio at the same time I was weary of doing art on my iPad. Perfect timing! As of November, 2018, I've been working with charcoal on paper, gearing up to paint on canvas again. By the time of MOS, I will have some paintings in oil and acrylic. Although digital painting isn't my preoccupation at the moment, I will go back to it. My foray into digital painting was accidental: I was searching for something entirely different in the app store and came across ArtStudio, an app for creating digital paintings. I fiddled around with that for a couple of months and then discovered ArtRage, which I like so much better. There are several tools, grounds and paints. I can use varying degrees of metallic paint, for example. I love the colors and textures available; I haven’t even begun to use them all.

Time spent making a living and being ill has made for a spotty career history. Now I'm able to devote myself to making art full time.

2019 350 Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Digital paintings
2018 Sausalito Library, Sausalito, CA Digital paintings
2018 Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley, CA "Through the Rainbow"
2016-2019 Marin Open Studios, Marin County, CA
1999 Third Street Grind, Oakland, CA “Botanical Rhythms, Part II” Watercolors
1997 Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, OR Watercolors and monoprints
1996 Red Oak Realty Gallery, Berkeley, CA “Botanical Rhythms, Part I” Watercolors
1993 Glenview Realty, Oakland, CA Watercolors
1992 Dow and Frosini Gallery, Berkeley, CA Watercolors
1988 Koncepts Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA Watercolors
1984 Grand Oak Gallery, Oakland, CA “Dancers of Color” Watercolors
2017 The Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA Acrylics
2002 Los Medranos College Gallery, Pittsburg, CA Watercolors and acrylics
1992-1999 ProArts Open Studios, Oakland, CA Watercolors
1995 Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA “A Devotional Legacy: Día de Los Muertos 1972- 1995” Watercolors
3COM Corporation Exhibit, Santa Clara, CA Watercolors
Patricia Stewart/Oberon Gallery, Napa, CA “Hispanic Perspective” Watercolors
1990 Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA “A Multi-Cultural Perspective of the African-
American Experience” Watercolors
1989 The Bottger Mansion Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico “The Emerging Hispanic
Woman” Watercolors
1988-89 The Jessel Gallery, Napa, CA Watercolors
1987 Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA Watercolors
Lotería Nacional Building, Mexico City, Mexico “Mexican-American Artists” Watercolors
(Show traveled to Guadalajara and Tijuana as well)
1985 The Watercolor Gallery, Berkeley, CA “in shades of spring & summer” Watercolors
Galería de La Raza, San Francisco, CA “Women X Women” Watercolors
The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA “New Directions: Artistas Chicanas, 6
Women Artists” Slide presentation, watercolors, Prismacolor pencil drawings
1981 The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA “Two Sources: A Survey of Mexican-American
and Mexican Women Artists” Watercolors
Galeria de La Raza, San Francisco, CA Watercolors and Prismacolor pencil drawings
1980 Nuevo Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico Prismacolor pencil drawings
1976 The Glenn Gallery, El Cerrito, CA Watercolors

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