Some Biographical Information


Recognized for her work nationally and internationally, Gerrye Riffenburgh exhibited extensively in museums and galleries across the US and Europe, earning numerous awards. Her art has been juried into the most prestigious exhibitions in the country, including Salon International, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Arts for the Parks, American Society of Marine Artists, National Oil and Acrylics Painting Society, Paint America, California Art Club and the Catherine Lorillard Art Club.


After a brief career in clinical psychology, she returned to complete a degree in art at San Diego State University, graduating summa cum laude, distinction in art. She continued her study at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara Italy, and with such renowned artists as Sergei Bongart, Kevin Mac Pherson, Matt Smith, Ray Roberts, Dan Gerhartz, Carolyn Anderson, and Sebastian Capella.


Her active participation in the arts while she was living in Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Italy stimulated her love for plein air painting and increased her sensitivity to the variations of light and atmosphere as they affected color, value and form.  When she returned to her home in Southern California, her passion for landscape painting increased with her heightened awareness and appreciation for the richness and variety of the California and Western landscape.


She was a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, International Plein Air Painters, American Society of Marine Artists, Catherine Lorillard Art Club, and National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. She was a Juried Artist Member of the California Art Club and a member of the Artists Guild of the San Diego Museum of Art. 


She founded the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN).


Her works are in collections throughout Europe and North America. They appear in two books: Land of Sunshine and Best of Worldwide Landscapes. During her art career, she produced nearly 400 pieces of work.


Illness prevented Gerrye from being active in her work in 2014 and she left the planet in March 2016. She is sorely missed.