Winifred Breines

About the Artist

Winifred Breines

"Still lifes consisting of fruits and vegetables in bowls and on plates are my subject. I love ceramics and fresh fruit, the kitchen, and kitchen table. There is something about round fruits in light, especially vibrant colors such as orange and red—combined with blues, usually found in ceramics and backgrounds—that represent a promise: of the pleasures of food, kitchens, meals, community and peacefulness.

I paint using transparent watercolors, inspired by bright colors, plates and bowls, light, and shadows. I hope to communicate the delight and gratefulness that inspire the still life paintings of simple, bright fruits that grow from the earth. Their connections to nature and our human luck at being able to view—and to eat—something so beautiful and delicious are the subtexts of my paintings.

For over twenty-five years, I was a Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. When I retired, I changed direction completely and with a passion began to paint in watercolors. I have consistently taken classes and workshops, inspired by a variety of watercolor painters."


  • National Association of Women Artists
  • Louisiana Watercolor Society
  • California Watercolor Association
  • New England Watercolor Society