Gloria Goguen: Botanical Dreams

On view: March 18, 2020 through July 8, 2020

Opening Reception: Moved to Wednesday, May 20 6:00-8:00 PM

Marlborough-based artist Gloria Goguen creates dreamy botanical works exploring themes of nature, light, and spirituality. Primarily working in colored pencil, Goguen explores the hills, meadows, gardens, and woods of central Massachusetts, evoking memories of familiar imagery. The resulting work is painterly in style—colored pencil is specific yet deeply layered, allowing the artist to “paint” virtually anywhere, unencumbered.

Goguen draws inspiration from traditional French, German, and Flemish botanical artists such as Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Gerard van Spaendonck, and Johann Christoph Dietzch. However, the artist’s choice of medium gives a modern twist to a traditional study of botanical forms.

Gloria Goguen has been exhibiting work throughout the region for the better part of the last decade. Beyond her membership in ArtsWorcester, she is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Botanical Artists and the New England Society of Botanical Artists. Her piece, Spring Rain, was recently featured as cover art for the Winter 2020 edition of the Lily Poetry Review, edited by Eileen Cleary.


image: Gloria Goguen, Azalea (detail), colored pencil on 140 lb. cotton cold press paper, 16″ x 20″