A traditional landscape painter at heart, I paint primarily in the media of soft pastel and watercolor. The subject matter of my work focuses on the rural California countryside and the vast American West. Much of my inspiration comes from California’s Central Coast, as well as our great American treasures – The National Parks.
Wide open spaces, beautiful vistas, rugged mountains, rolling hills, and pastoral landscapes – they all captivate and inspire me. Our natural landscape appears to be disappearing on an almost daily basis and, so it is my desire to paint not only a glimpse of nature in its undisturbed beauty, but to also preserve a moment of natural history.
Mona Neuhaus is a native of Southern California and has been painting professionally for more than 35 years. She received her formal training under Master Pastelist and nationally recognized watercolorist, William McEnroe, as well as Hiroko Yoshimoto, Mary Michel, Bernard Dietz, Richard Phelps and internationally recognized artist Katherine Chang Liu. Mona’s work is in the Museum Ventura County “Bank of A. Levy Corporate Collection”, the Carnegie Art Museum’s “Jackson Wheeler Collection”, the Municipal Art Collection for the City of Oxnard, and in many other corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan. Her exhibits have included myriad shows hosted by the Ojai Art Center, the Buenaventura Gallery of Ventura, California, Studio 83, Ventura Art Walk, the Ventura County National Bank, the “Hiroko Yoshimoto – Mentor to Many” show at Studio Channel Islands Art Center at California State University, Channel Islands. The Law Offices of Thomas E. Neuhaus hosted a solo show in May of 2004. In May 2006 the Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union, in Camarillo, California, hosted a solo show of Mona’s work. In May 2008 her work was accepted in a juried exhibition entitled “Art Matters”, held at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, and hosted by the San Marino League of Pasadena.
In 2011 the Museum of Ventura County presented “Four Masters, Four Legends” honoring local artists William McEnroe, Carlisle Cooper, Norman Kirk and Gerd Koch for their accomplishments in the arts. In conjunction with that exhibit the museum held an invitational exhibit of works by former student of the “Four Legends”, who had themselves become accomplished artists. Thus, both the accomplishments of the Four Masters were displayed as well as their enduring contribution and legacy, and Mona Neuhaus was one of the exhibiting artists in that exhibit.
In November 2016 her solo show entitled “It’s Just Paint” was dedicated to the memory of her art mentor, William McEnroe. It was held at the Pierpont Racquet Club in Ventura, California.
Many of her paintings from “It’s Just Paint”, with the addition of new pieces, are now being shown in a solo exhibit at Thrivent Financial Services, Newbury Park, California.
Currently being exhibited at the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California are nine of Mona’s original watercolor paintings. This exhibit entitled, “Soluble Power” runs from June 10th, 2017 through August 20, 2017.
At present, Mona is creating individual works for her next solo event “Home is Where the HeART is”, hosted by the Carnegie Art Museum of Oxnard, California.