Vivian McCauley won her first award for painting when she was in the first grade, and 90 years later, she is still painting.
This prolific artist, a longtime resident of Dayton who recently relocated to Arizona, paints – and teaches – in all traditional media, ranging from watercolor to pastel, from oil to charcoal, and explores subject matter from landscape to portraiture, from still life to abstract collage.
The co-founder of the Blue Mountain Art Guild, which – thanks to McCauley’s organization and determination – shows in numerous public venues in Dayton, Vivian has also been instrumental in creating public art paintings at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, as well as spearheading the murals on Main Street by organizing the Columbia County Mural Society.
A graduate of the Laguna Beach School of Art in Laguna Beach, CA, McCauley has studied under noted artists such as Merlin Enabnit, Robert Wood, Frank Webb, Morten Solberg, and Barbara Nechis, defining and refining a style that is predominately representational, with a nod now and then to the abstract.
Janene has been a favorite card artist with Leanin Tree Cards. The Bradford Exchange is another company Janene creates artwork for. She designs images for plates, ornaments and sculptured items.
Janene regularly attends the Fall Festival Show in Lake City, Minnesota, at Wild Wings headquarters. She has shown many paintings in their originals Catalog and sold work through their Wild Wings Galleries nationwide. They publish Janene’s work with the newest releases titled “Grape Expectations”, a kestrel sitting on some grape nines and “Slippery When Wet”, a black bear family crossing a log.
Janene was invited to show her horse-inspired paintings with the American Academy of Equine Art in 2002 and 2003, at the Kentucky Horse Park.
When she is not painting she is most likely riding the trails of North Idaho on one of her horses. She also works with children and adults through the United States Pony Club, teaching them safe horse management and riding skills.