The Latest from American Women Artists

Carrie Waller Abundance

AWA would like to welcome Valerie Collymore, Associate with Distinction Member and Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Master-Signature Member, to our esteemed Board of Directors. They are both dedicated members of AWA, and we are incredibly grateful at the opportunity to partner with them in amplifying women artists in America.

Valerie Collymore

Valerie Collymore is a full-time oil painting artist who is passionate about the French Impressionist Tradition. She paints in this style, exhibits her work in galleries and prestigious national juried shows, and teaches the science behind art and techniques of the French Impressionists.

Having grown up in the South of France, where many of the original French Impressionists painted, this artist’s work brings with it an authenticity gained through the intimate knowledge of the unique landscapes and seascapes of the French Riviera and Provence.

Most works from Valerie’s annual solo exhibits in Seattle have found homes with collectors, and her workshops and classes – including chateau-based workshops in France – during the last three years usually sell out.

Visit Valerie’s website to learn more, see her class offerings and view her portfolio. Click to watch Valerie’s profile video.


Gladys Roldan-de-Moras

International award-winning artist Gladys Roldan-de-Moras is known for her paintings that, in a unique style, portray vivid Spanish traditions, including courageous, gallant Mexican escaramuzas daringly riding horses sidesaddle in a vivid rodeo-style festival, romantic Flamenco señoritas clad in vibrant, exuberant, Andalusian dresses that appear to playfully flap in the wind, and old-fashioned, delicate damsels in intimate, exquisite poses. Having lived in San Antonio for over 30 years, she finds great inspiration in representing her love of the Spanish culture that was passed down by her maternal grandfather, a proud lifelong charro who decades ago helped promote Charreria as the official national sport in Mexico.

Gladys has received numerous awards, including the Thirteenth Annual American Impressionist Society Best-in Show, the 2015 Eiteljorg Museum Artist Choice Award, the 2016 Desert Caballeros Western Art Museum Purchase Award and Directors Award, the 2017 Briscoe Museum David Crockett Artists’ Choice Award, and the 2018 American Women Artists Best in Show award.

Gladys’s lustrous work–always lively and dramatic–has landed in many important private and public permanent collections. At the national and international levels, her romantic art has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West, Southwest Art Magazine, American Western Art Collector, Western Art and Architecture, Architectural Digest European Edition, and many more.

She is currently represented by InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX, and Settlers West Gallery in Tucson AZ.

Visit Gladys’s website to learn more and view her portfolio.