Rita Carpenter is passionate about photography and has been for most of her life. In 2008, Rita began painting in watercolor. Without formal education in art, she attended many international art adventures with Karlyn Holman. This is where she began and eventually fell in love with watercolor. Rita loves that watercolor can be wild and free or it can be tightly controlled. She feels the challenge lies in finding the balance. She loves to add collage, pastel, or acrylic to watercolor to get more texture and to add personal meaning.
Rita has been involved with the Janesville Art League for many years. During this time, she held many JAL Board positions: Secretary, United Art Alliance Liaison, Co-President in restoration of oil paintings and Vice-President of events. Rita was also a board member for the Association of Wisconsin Artists ( AKA – WRAA ) Rita was the State Day Coordinator and the Bridging Generations Coordinator. Rita is also the International Watercolor Society ( IWS) head for the state of Wisconsin / USA. She has won State awards for her art and photography and her art was published in the JAL calendar. She has taught introductory/intermediate classes in watercolor for 8+ years. Rita will continue to educate herself in all art mediums. She started a business , Art on the Fly, LLC in 2018. She organizes art travel adventures to encourage others to enjoy and create the beauty that surrounds us.