About the Artist :: Poppy Balser

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Poppy Balser has always lived near the ocean. She grew up on the Bay of Fundy seashore but moved away to pursue a career as a pharmacist.

She returned to the Bay of Fundy in 2000 and was inspired to pick up her paintbrushes once more. She studied watercolour painting independently, reading every book on watercolour in the local library. She has continued this self directed study, choosing workshops by master painters and participating in a local life drawing group. Over the years she has cut back pharmacy work in order to develop her artistic career. Now she is overjoyed that painting is her full time pursuit.

Poppy now specializes in painting en plein air.

Most Recent Awards:
• 2018, Second Place, Art on the Avenue, Paint Annapolis
• 2018, People’s Choice, Paint the Bay, Paint Annapolis
• 2018, 13th Annual ARC Salon Finalist
• 2017, Best Watercolour Award, Bermuda Plein Air Festival
• 2017, Finalist, BoldBrush Painting Competition, September
• 2017, First Prize, Paint the Past, Kings Landing Plein Air Festival
• 2017 April/May Plein Air Salon Competition Best Vehicle
• 2016 Second Prize, BoldBrush Painting Competition, September

Galleries:
• Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME, USA
• The Flight Of Fancy, Bear River NS
• Amicus Gallery, Chester, NS
• Teichert Gallery, Halifax, NS
• Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, NS

Honours and Collections:

2018
• Second Place, Art on the Avenue, Paint Annapolis
• People’s Choice, Paint the Bay, Paint Annapolis
• Finalist, 13th Annual ARC Salon

2017
• Best Watercolour, Bermuda Plein Air Festival
• Finalist, BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2017
• First Place, Kings Landing Paint the past Plein Air Festival
• Master Class Finalist, Art Muse Contest, July 2017
• 2017 April/May Plein Air Salon Competition Best Vehicle

2016
• Second Prize, BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016
• Second Prize, King’s Landing Paint the Past Plein Air Festival

2015
• Best Watercolour, Bermuda Plein Air Festival, Hamilton Bermuda
• Grand Prize, Montague Plein Air Festival, Montague PEI

2014
• Artists’ Choice Award, Montague Plein Air Festival
• Honourable Mentions, Montague Plein Air Festival
• Sharing the View Calendar Artist, CBC Halifax Information Morning

2013
• Outstanding Watercolor, September BoldBrush Competition

2010
• Outstanding Watercolor, August BoldBrush Competition
• Finalist, Floral and Still Life, Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine

2009
• Nova Scotia Art Bank Collection Purchase
• First Place Watercolour, Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Art Festival

2008
• Judge’s Choice, Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Art Festival
• People’s Choice, Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Art Festival