Frieda Golding 

Medium:  Watercolor, Graphite


Yellow Line, Watercolor and Pencil, 11 x 14 in.

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Frieda sometimes begins by drawing in India Ink and sometimes introduces it later, but it is always essential to her painting process.  She feels that initial line work gives her “movement and flow to establish the mood.”  When she saves it until later, it provides definition to the forms and patterns already contributed by her work with watercolor paint.  Either way, she sees line as expressive and when combined with the excitement and immediacy of watercolor, it gives a personal and emotional response to the living things that inspire her.  She favors a small sheet of paper so as to retain the intimate quality of her perceptions, which come about through glimpses of a garden or wild flowers growing along the roadside in Ashland where she now resides.  Out of them evolve lyrical paintings, where imagination replaces literal observation.   Forms capturing the essence of her material dance about on her paper, darting and fluttering.  Her delicacy is neither static nor effete; one senses a celebration of life in her modestly scaled work.   

Frieda is a graduate of Albright Art School, University of Buffalo, New York and also attended Columbia University, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.   Personal training was under Charles Burchfield.  

While pursuing her career as a fine artist, she was employed by Antiques Magazine in New York as an advertising designer.   Later, while living in St. Louis, she also designed textbooks.  She resided on the Monterey Peninsula with her husband, Bob from 1968-2005.

Frieda is the recipient of numerous awards for her watercolors both on the East and West Coasts.  In the late 1980’s her work was part of a two-year traveling exhibit of “California Artists”.  She is included in the book, Watercolor Bold and Free by Lawrence Goldsmith and is the author illustrator of two art textbooks, Watercolor Techniques and Color Theory.


Sonoma Spring, Watercolor and Pencil, 17.5 x 21.5

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