A native Dallasite, Cecy Turner received her formal art training at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Texas, followed by workshops by over 50 professional artists from across the nation. She is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, American Women Artists, National Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Outdoor Painters Society, Plein Air Artists Colorado, Associated Creative Artists, American Plains Artists, and Texas and Neighbors . She is a Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West (and a past president of WAOW), a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League and a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
Cecy has been a popular lecturer, teacher, juror and demonstrator since 1976. Versatile in both watercolor and oils, she has designed cards and calendars for numerous national greeting card companies. Cecy's work has appeared in articles in American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magic Magazine, North Light Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine (Artist to Watch), Art of the West, Watercolor Artist Magazine (cover artist 2010) and the book, The Best of Flower Painting. During the past several years she has received the Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, the Best Realistic Landscape Award in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Exhibition, Landscape Merit Award in the Salon International Juried Exhibition, Irving Art Center $1,000 award in the Texas and Neighbors Five-State Juried Exhibition, First Place in the 43rd National Exhibition of Women Artists of the West, as well as awards in the 80th Annual National Watercolor Society Exhibition, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Plano Art Association, Richardson Civic Art Society Regional Exhibition and Best of Show in he Associated Creative Artists Juried Exhibition.
She has also received the Frank Wright Memorial Award in the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and has been designated as a "Fellow" in this organization. Cecy has also been a Top 100 Finalist in the Arts for the Parks National Competition twice and in the Paint the Parks National Competition twice. She was chosen by Southwest Art Magazine as an "Artist to Watch" in their July, 2006, issue.
Artist's Statement: Texture and the effects of light and shadow have become important elements in my paintings.I am fascinated with the glow of reflected light on various surfaces. Painting on location on a regular basis has opened many doors for me. I cannot improve nature, but I can rearrange and simplify it to correspond to what I feel. Traveling abroad has opened up new vistas of color and texture for me. I paint to convey the enjoyment and excitement of what I see.