Genevieve Taunis-Wexler, daughter of Frank and Stella Taunis, immigrants of Lithuania, was born in Rockford, Illinois. She was a graduate of the NY Pratt Art Institute, San Jose State University, and Claremont Graduate School, where she followed her dreams of creating artistic designs in watercolors, batiks, tapestries, and collages after her retirement as an elementary and art teacher for 27 years in the Rialto Unified School District in California. She moved to Laguna Beach where she displayed and sold many of her works of art. Genevieve passed away in 2015 leaving behind many of her framed pieces of artwork. As members of her family, we would like to see others enjoy her artwork as much as we have.
Written comments by Genevieve: “I love the various textures and colors of the different types of yarns that I use: crewel, Persian, two and three ply, wools, tapestry and synthetics. I prefer working large and wish my work to look like tapestries. Good design, beautiful colors and shapes are important aspects of each work. The batiks are a new approach to design for me. I enjoy the spontaneous shapes achieved with wax. On the stuffed batiks I utilize these shapes and add additional color with thread. I am influenced by Mattise in his use of bright color and interesting design. My wish is for my paintings and tissue collages to be light, colorful and giving joy to the viewer.