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. Cecy has been a popular lecturer, teacher, juror and demonstrator since 1976, versatile in both watercolor and oils. Texture and the effects of light and shadow are important elements in her paintings.She is especially fascinated with the glow of reflected light on various surfaces. Painting on location, she says that she cannot improve nature, but she can rearrange and simplify it to correspond to what she feels and thereby communicate these emotions to the viewer. She paints to convey the enjoyment and excitement of what she sees.
Cecy has a great many awards and achievements to her credit. To summarize but a few: 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 (Board Member), 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. 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.