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 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. On display were fifty-seven original works of art.
In June through August 2017, Mona exhibited ten original watercolors in the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California Invitational Aguamedia Exhibit entitled “Soluble Power”.
Her show “Home is Where the heART Is” in September 2017, was hosted by the Carnegie Art Museum as an artist studio tour and philanthropic art appreciation and education event.
January 2018 brought “Atmosphere, Clouds, Water, Mud and Mountains”, a compilation of pastel works depicting various conditions of our natural environment, hosted by Anna Malec of Centerline Pilates, Ventura, California.
“I enjoy the experience of freely exploring our natural environment through the creative process with the use of paint. Its beauty and serenity, yet often powerful presence, provides limitless inspiration for my work. Our lands, seas, and skies are ever evolving either by nature’s own course or by man’s hand. It is my desire not only to paint an interpretation of nature as I encounter it, but also to preserve a moment of natural narrative.” – Mona Neuhaus