Myra Feldman started painting as a child in her hometown, Washington, DC. In those early years, her painting classes took her to the National Zoo painting various animals while watching their behavior. Later she was heavily influenced by her many teachers including Phillip Ratner and Gustav Trois. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Design from the University of Maryland. Through the years, she studied painting and drawing at The Maryland Institute of Art, Silvermine Guild of Art, and The George Washington University, (GWU), and at many workshops around the country.
In her professional life as a Medical Illustrator, Technical Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Myra honed the drawing skills that would carry her through her artistic life. Her accomplishments include illustrating a series of anatomy textbooks published by Little Brown and Company and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. The books are sold to medical students across the country and translated copies are sold on the
international market. The human form has always been of great interest to her and is reflected in much of her work. As a painter, she captures people doing ordinary things as they go through their day, while watching for gesture, color, shadow and form.
In the 1990s, Myra studied landscape design and completed a certificate program in woody plants at GWU. Years later, in 2009, while living in Pasadena, CA she became a botanical docent at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Having an interest in plants led her to experiment in abstracting the organic patterns found in nature.
Gathering inspiration from living forms, plant and animal, Myra uses water media to express her personal marks in realistic and non-representational ways. This includes experimenting with color and shape, diving into both realms. Gliding from one genre to another is an exciting prospect for her.
Since 2014, Myra has served on the boards and as a committee chair of the Arizona Watercolor Association and in 2015, Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. With a lifelong interest in music, she also serves on the Valley Friends of Arizona Opera board. She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her art can be found across the United States.
2021 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Best of Show Award
2018 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Merit Award
2017 - Waterworks Artists – “Fragments” Show at Vision Gallery
2017 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Merit Award
2016 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Gammage Show
2016 - Herberger Gallery, “Faceoff” Show
2016 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Award of Excellence
2015 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Member's Exhibition, Merchant Award
2014 - The Scottsdale Artists' School, Fresh Paint category of Annual Beaux Arts
2014 - Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Member's Exhibition
2014 - Arizona Watercolor Association, Member's Exhibitions
2014 - Portrait Artists of Arizona, Member's Exhibition, People's Choice Award
2013 - Portrait Artists of Arizona, Portrait Awards Program, 3rd Place Award
Arizona Watercolor Association – Certificate of Appreciation, 2019
Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona – Signature Membership, 2019
Illustrated a series of anatomy textbooks published by Little Brown and Company and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Illustrated multiple smaller publications