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Adrienne

 Retief

aretief@bellsouth.net


Adrienne is a practicing architect and architectural illustrator who also happens to be a hopelessly passionate watercolor painter. She loves to share that passion with others and her particular interest lies in travel sketching and watercolor painting. She believes nothing anchors memories of the experience of place quite like the act of sketching and painting on location. She offers watercolor workshops locally and abroad where she encourages participants to explore the magic of watercolor for a few hours, a day, a week or perhaps even a lifetime. 

Adrienne was born and raised in South Africa.  Shortly after graduating from high school in 1976, she moved with her family to Birmingham when her father was offered a research and teaching position at UAB.  She studied pre-med at UAB, graduating with a BS in Natural Science and Math in 1980 and then studied Architecture at Auburn, graduating with a BArch in 1984.  She completed her architectural internship in Birmingham in 1987 and shortly thereafter she joined the Peace Corps, teaching Math (in French) in the Central African Republic from 1988-1991.  She continued her architectural career upon her return to Birmingham in 1992, and her work experience has included a full range of Institutional, Commercial, Religious, Health Care, and Residential projects. Over the past thirty years she has also produced an extensive range of architectural illustrations.

Adrienne is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and her paintings are in private collections all over the world.