Along with landing her first Dan’s Papers cover last month, watercolorist Lisa Argentieri—whose painting “The Kiss” graced the February 14, 2014 issue of Dan’s Papers—also won the 12th Annual Daniel Smith Customer Art Contest for the month of February.
Argentieri’s watercolor painting “Leslie” earned her the Daniel Smith accolade, along with a $100 gift certificate to the art supply mega-retailer. The win puts her among nine artists eligible to receive one of four Annual Prize gift certificates, including the $1,500 Grand Prize, $1,000 Second Prize, $500 Third Prize and $250 Employee Choice. A panel of judges will vote on the top level winners after April 30, when Daniel Smith stops accepting submissions on Facebook.
“The way the strong light hit the model, Leslie, compelled me to paint her as she was sitting there,” Argentieri says, describing to Daniel Smith the creative process for her winning piece. “This painting was done in one stroke,” she added. “This particular painting was chosen to be in the historical Black and White Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club. Leslie is my muse model and several paintings of her have been juried into prestigious exhibitions and received awards.”
Argentieri is a member of the famous Salmagundi Art Club in Manhattan, the city where she also earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her paintings have been shown in significant exhibitions, including The Allied Artist’s of America, Inc, The Salmagundi Art Club (where she earned the 2011 Merit Award for watercolor), The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc., the 54th & 56th L.I. Artists’ Exhibition, and The L.I. Museum in Stony Brook (where she won 2nd place for her watercolor in 2013). Also in 2013, Argentieri’s painting “Waiting” won first place at the pro level in the L.I. Arts Alive contest, and her painting “Radished!” was featured on the back cover of the April 2014 issue of Watercolor Magazine.
The Cold Spring Harbor Library (95 Shore Road, Cold Spring Harbor) is hosting Argentieri’s second solo show, No Boundaries, which will showcase a vast array of subject matter and her “free-flowing organic style in watercolor and new acrylic landscape paintings.” The show will be open April 1–May 28, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 5 from 2–4 p.m. Visit cshlibrary.org or call 631-692-6800 for more info about No Boundaries.
To see more from Lisa Argentieri, visit watercolorsbylisa.blogspot.com.