“I would say I am an experimental painter…always curious to see where my painting will take me.”
Priscilla Jeffcoat is a water media artist known for her loose, colorful style. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Education and History. After a 15 years teaching career, she was able to pursue her passion of creating art. She was with one of the first groups to go to Art Study Giverny with Gale Bennett as the instructor. The group lived in a French home, painted in Monet’s Garden and around the French countryside. Priscilla was attracted to the French Impressionists immediately and painted in that style for several years. When returning home she studied with Nina Connor who was known for instilling the artistic discipline necessary to keep painting “no matter what”. Thus the journey began…trying different mediums and subjects and learning from many art books.
One book that caught her interest was “Portrait Painting in Watercolor” by Charles Reid . She found his watercolor style to be fresh and exciting. Mr. Reid gave a workshop in Sarasota and that proved to be the perfect opportunity to meet him in person. That was “quite wonderful”, to be in his workshop observing his approach to watercolor painting.
Currently, she has been painting abstract landscapes and cityscapes. Using a simple 4”x6” sketch she has created a series of city buildings, each painting being unique, balancing value, color and shape.
Another favorite subject is abstracted sail boats which are done with imagined colors, scrubbing and glazing.
Priscilla has had her paintings in local, state and national shows and has won many awards. She received Best of Show in 2015 for the ACT Gallery’s Summer Show. Her paintings were selected for the Alliance for the Arts All Florida Show and the National Show in Punta Gorda. Three paintings were accepted by the Florida Watercolor Society resulting in an FWS signature membership.