Watercolors Across Continents: Anjana Jose

As a child, Anjana Jose was formally trained in pencil sketching and water coloring at Kalabhavan, a renowned art institute located at Cochin, India. She was trained in advanced watercolor techniques at Ridgewood Art Institute, New Jersey under Joel Popadics. The artist’s work will be on display at the Highland Park Public Library from August 3 to August 30 in the meeting room and in the main hall display case.

Her paintings mostly reflect life and travel experiences. The message she communicates through her paintings is very detail oriented and precise. It brings an element of surprise to the viewer. She portrays an emotional characteristic to the paintings with strong color composition and subtle details and uses this style to connect.

She hails from Cochin, a beautiful paradise in India and inherits the artistic heritage from her family. She also completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering where technical drawing helped enhance her drawing skills immensely. She spent two years at Bangalore teaching children painting and sketching.

Autumn by Anjana Jose
Autumn by Anjana Jose
Deer by Anjana Jose
Deer by Anjana Jose

Paintings by Cynthia Walling

Highland Park artist Cynthia Walling made year long visits to Algeria and Dakar in the 1980s and 1990s. What she brought back are vibrant sketches and water colors of the people and landscapes of Algeria and Dakar, the two countries where she lived.

From now until the end of April they will be at the Highland Park Public Library in the main hall display case. The top shelves reflect in life in Algiers and the bottom two her stay in Senegal.

Walling, who has been painting most of her life, traveled with her husband Bill while he was doing Fulbright Fellowships in both countries, teaching English literature. Walling also taught math and science in Algiers. She has done several exhibits at the Highland Park Public Library.

painting by Cynthia Walling