Artist Jeff Gorrell

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Specializing in watercolor, Jeff had a studio and exhibit space at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Virginia (Building 10, Studio 1006), where his work had also been represented in the prestigious “Director’s Collection.” Jeff was an active member of and exhibited regularly with the Vienna Arts Society (Vienna, Virginia) and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Jeff also had  exhibited watercolors in several venues in Virginia, including the Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, and special exhibits sponsored by George Mason University, the National Geologic Survey and local venues in Fairfax County. At the time of Jeff’s death, his paintings were in collections on five continents.
Jeff was a Member of the following:
Virginia Watercolor Society (Signature Member)
Potomac Valley Watercolorists (A juried-membership society)
Vienna Arts Society
National Watercolor Society

Jeff painted mostly with watercolor, but sometimes with acrylics or oils, and most recently Jeff had been experimenting with painting with smoke, using a technique that is called fumage. The Fumage collection on this web site shows the range of those paintings. Much of his work is done on Yupo, a synthetic paper (100% plastic) where water sits on the surface of the paper until it evaporates. This fact creates many opportunities to blend color in unusual ways.
From time to time, Jeff had offered workshops about painting on Yupo through the Vienna Arts Socety. In addition, he had offered introductory and advanced classes in watercolor at the Workhouse Arts Center.

John Jeffrey Gorrell of Oakton, VA, born December 26, 1945 in Bowling Green, KY, died May 2, 2020 in his home. John Jeffrey Gorrell (Jeff) graduated from Vanderbilt University, earning his Masters and PhD at the of University of Florida in Educational Psychology. He taught at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond before becoming Professor and Associate Dean of Education at Auburn University. Jeff joined the faculty at George Mason University [...]

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