Chica Brunsvold


CHICA BRUNSVOLD, the daughter of an imaginative yankee linguistics professor and a southern steel magnolia, was raised in the academic atmosphere of Ann Arbor, Michigan. After two years of the U of M’s Lit School she opted for its Art School. Her life became forever infused with an artistic outlook. After earning an MA in Art, she moved to VA and became an Illustrator General for the CIA and then the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She soon married a supportive and level headed engineer/law student who became  partner in what is now the largest patent law firm in the country. After five years, she sensibly resigned from Government work, to concentrate on their daughter and painting.  When their daughter left for college she immersed herself in her artwork. She is now the doting grandmother of two and an award-winning artist.

Accepted in nearly 200 national watermedia shows since 1995, she’s won dozens of awards including the prestigious Harrison Cady Award from the American Watercolor Society and the highest award given out by the Mississippi Watercolor Society ~the Arts in Mississippi Award. She has earned signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and the watercolor societies of AL, Baltimore, GA, KY, MS. MO, MT, OK, PA, Northwest, Taos & VA.


Linda Holz


Artist Statement:  Color, contrast, shape, subject, place, and time motivate and evoke painting for me with many aspects of nature as sources.  The challenge of painting in watercolor makes it my favorite medium.

Juried Shows—Watercolor:

2017:  Annual Mid-Atlantic Show, Baltimore Watercolor Society.  Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Show; Art League Oct. 2016:  Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition; Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Show; Arlington Artists Alliance “Blues Show;” Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Show.  2015:  West Virginia Watercolor Society Aqueous 2015; Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Show;  “All Media” Art League, June; “Art in the Garden” August , Springfield Art Guild.   2014: “All Media” July, “‘Scapes” August, “Art Now,” October, “Small Works,” November,  “All Media,” December, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA.  “Art Aesthetic,” October,  Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA.  “Young at Art,”  Sept. –Nov. Durant Center, Alexandria, VA.  “Nourish and Flourish,” November and “Metamorphosis,” October, Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA.  “Art at  the Mill” April-May, Millwood, Virginia.  Art League Bin Gallery, Alexandria, VA.  2013:  “All Media “and “Small Works” Jan., June, Nov., Dec., Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA.  Art League Bin Gallery, Alexandria, VA.   “Art in the Park,”  August, Springfield Art Guild.  2006:  “Small Works,” November, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA; “Art in City Hall” February and September, Alexandria, VA.

Other Shows: 2017: Gallery Underground and Cassatts; Green Springs and NoVA Show; Potomac Valley Watercolorists. 2016: Gallery Underground, Cassatts, and Fort Smith; Potomac Valley Watercolorists St. Andrews Show; Two-Person Show at Goodwin House, Alexandria, Virginia.

Gallery Affiliations:  Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia.  Gallery Underground, Arlington, Virginia.

Awards:  2016 Award of Excellence for Indian Icon, Virginia Watercolor Society; 2016 Honorable Mention for Summer Blues, “The Blues Show,” Arlington Artists Alliance.    Honorable Mention for Half Shells,  Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Alexandria, VA.  Honorable Mention for Swamp Cypress, October 2014,  “Art Aesthetic,” Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA.  Potomac Valley Watercolorist Award, 2009 Student Show, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA.  Blue and red ribbons, Arlington County Fair, Arlington, VA.

Collections:  in private collections nationwide, Peru, and Great Britain.

Art Education:  Art League School, Alexandria and Arlington County, VA.  Glen Echo, Maryland.  Instructors:  Marge Alderson, Ted Betts, Gwen Bragg, Rachel Collins, Susan Heron, Peter Ulrich, Steve Fleming, Jean Gill, Jackie Saunders, Deborah Ellis. Peggy Fisher. Christine Lashley.  Workshops:  Ian Stewart, Skip Lawrence, Dale Laitinen, Frank Eber,  Ken Goldman, Gwen Bragg, Carolyn Gawarecki, Sterling Edwards, Linda Kemp, Marni Maree, Tricia DeWeese, and Mary Phelan, Sandra Hill, Delia Dastur.

Art Memberships:  Potomac Valley Watercolorists.  Art League, Alexandria, VA. Arlington Artists Alliance; Virginia Watercolor Society.