Participating Artists

Risa Waldt



Biography / Artist Statement

“A native Tucsonan, I grew up in the Southwest. While riding my horse along the Rillito River, I soaked up a vision that pursued me until I began painting to express it. There are many paintings pursuing me still. Light and color are my loves. In my 50+ years painting, my favorite is Plein Air altho’ I have drawers full of drawings to turn into paintings as my studio work. My main medium is paint on paper, canvas, and walls. I also love pencil, pen, and mixed medium. I have had many one woman shows and have been a part of multiple group gallery shows across the United States and Canada.”

Awards: National League of American Pen Women, Arizona Watercolor Association, and Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.

Exhibits: McBride Gallery Annapolis MD, Women Artists of the West 47th Annual Show, and 48th Annual Show 2018 in Bartlesville, Ok, RS Hanna Gallery Fredericksberg, Tx 46th Annual show Women Artists of the West and March, April, May 2017 Spring Showcase RS Hanna Gallery; Four Corners Gallery in Tucson Desert Art Museum 2019 landscape, 2020 Canyons; Tucson Museum of Art: Western Federation of Watercolor Societies exhibit, D’art for Art, Dinner Ala Art, and presented my book A River Trip, Grand Canyon to docents for the Grand Canyon Show;
many Arizona Aqueous Shows Tubac, Az.

I have been invited often to Art on the Llano Estacado at the Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas.

Art in Southwest Art magazine; Western Art Collector Magazine; Art of the West’s Guidebook of Art 2017; American Art Collector Magazine ‘Landscape’ issue Sept. 2015; Cowgirl Magazine Oct. 2015 & January 2016 ‘Western Art’ issue, and True West Magazine Oct. 2015.

This gifted and prolific artist has juried into local, state, regional, national and international exhibitions. Her watercolor of Tucson’s Historic Courthouse was purchased by the Tucson Museum of Art and gifted to the Harmsen’s for donating their substantial western art collection to the city of Tucson. For a multi media event she contributed five large watercolors to the ORTS Dance Company, projected as a backdrop for the dancers. She did set design for Catalina Stage Stop Theater.

National, State and Local Art Memberships, Past President Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.