Vivian Ripley is an accomplished artist of quite varied subject matter, and inherent in all her works is the beauty of color and how it is affected by light and shade.  She works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil (sometimes combining media), always striving to achieve beauty in each medium through her emotional use of color and tone.


Vivian grew up with an intense interest in the arts.  After earning an advanced degree in piano performance, she added a very serious involvement in the visual arts.  She has been professionally active in group and individual shows since 1975.  Teaching has inspired her to examine her own works, continually strive to grow in her achievement, and to verbalize and demonstrate those findings to others- and hopefully inspire them as well.  She regularly teaches pastel, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and is also in demand for demonstrations and workshops in these disciplines.


As is obvious from her varied subject matter, Vivian finds motivation from new ideas, new subjects.  Of particular interest is painting on location.  The excitement and involvement with the moment is particularly rewarding.  “The whole body, and its senses, is involved with nature because of the urgency of the increasingly changing scene”, says Vivian.  Some of Vivian’s most emotional work is done on location.  A favorite area is Ontario, north of Georgian Bay.  Since 1982, Vivian has been involved every summer with the La Cloche Art Show in Whitefish Falls, Ontario, where she has won awards, served as juror, and been named Distinguished Artist.


Vivian is a signature member of Ohio Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Wyoming Watercolor Society, Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Degas Pastel Society, International Society of Acrylic Painters, and a charter member of Ohio Plein Air Society.  She is represented by Sudbury Art and Frame in Sudbury, Ontario.  Vivian has participated and won awards in many state, regional, and national shows, such as Art at the Arnold at the Greater Columbus Convention Center; Viewpoint 43, a national juried competition sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Club; Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Old Forge, NY; Kentucky Watercolor Society’s Aqueous in Louisville, KY; Biennial National Art Exhibition in Punta Gorda, FL; and Audubon Artist in New York City.  She has enjoyed residencies at two United States National Parks:  Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, and Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.


Vivian’s special watercolor technique is spotlighted in a chapter in The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists (International Artists Incorporated, 2003).  Vivian is one of only six artists from the United States included in this popular book.  Her paintings are in collections in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan.