Going places: Art exhibition features on-location watercolors

The Seacoast Artist Association’s featured artist for the month of January is Doris Rice, a painter and art instructor.

Rice lives on the Seacoast and will have her exhibition, titled “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” displayed at the Artist Association’s gallery in Exeter.

“As a young artist, my passion was drawing, which also involved me in printmaking and watercolor,” Rice said.

She attended the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and earned her bachelor of fine arts, learning multiple ways of creating art.

After working as an illustrator in an advertising studio for several years, she moved to the Seacoast and started a family.

In 1986, Rice attended her first plein air watercolor workshop, which involves painting outdoors, and she has stuck with the technique since.

“It was with Judy Wagner, a noted watercolor artist and author of Painting with the Whites of your Paper. Judy and her friend Tony Van Hasselt introduced me to a new world of expression,” said Rice. “The rapid execution and intense on-location focus suits me well. From there, I have grown. I love being outdoors and I love watercolor. It’s a perfect blend for me.”

Besides creating art, Rice also teaches painting classes throughout North America and Europe.

She began teaching also in 1986, starting at Art East in North Hampton.

She has also taught at the Seacoast Artist Association and with youth programs, artistic residences at schools, and nursing homes. Local one-day workshops assist with watercolor skill development.

“I currently offer programs for a local nursing home in Rye and a retirement community with classes at three campuses, and [offer] adult education classes twice a year in Kittery, Maine,” she said.

Rice hosts weekly travel workshops once a month from March to October, calling them “field trips.”

“We travel to the location and settle in to paint. We stay in a centralized accommodation, often having meals and social time together as we consider the culture, wines, food, history, and of course we paint all of it,” Rice said. “We discover things about ourselves, our own painting styles, our opinions. … It’s an ever-evolving process. One experience leads to another, so the future is always an experience to look forward to.”

Some of the European countries Rice has traveled to are France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

She has also been to various parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Mexico and California.

While she may return to a location, the experience is never the same and always has a new component.

“As an artist as well as a teacher, I am delighted to see new places, be in new locations for new experiences, and to be able to share the world through paintings and bring other artists to a new adventure,” she said. “I find fulfillment in seeing the world around me, and reflecting on what it means to me.”

When Rice is not painting, she stays busy with culinary arts.

She said she can feel a sense of community around food and finds the creation of foods to be sensory, visual and savory.

Rice’s work will be exhibited at the gallery throughout January.

The gallery is located at 130 Water St. in Exeter.

“The featured artist wall offers the opportunity to find completion with those thoughts and those times. Preparing work for exhibition is a multi-step process, and I am happy to see how many have joined me to bring their art to this level,” she said.

While Rice’s work will only be at the gallery for January, she also has her work displayed and available to purchase at Kennedy Gallery at 41 Market St. in Portsmouth.

Lightship Editions and Glimmerglass.com are both online galleries, where you can find her work as well.

Rice also paints on commission for individuals and organizations. She can be contacted at dorisrice@comcast.net.

— Danielle Roberts