Findlay, a resident for more than 40 years, studied watercolor painting first with Mac Squires in Wilton from 1961 to 1965, and then with Edgar Whitney from 1965 to 1975.
The tutorials enabled her to paint in the "wet on wet" method, saturating both sides of the paper, then completing the work before the paper is completely dry.
Always painting outdoors, her subjects have been flowers in her gardens, her children, landscapes and seascapes, especially in Maine and Nantucket, and occasionally scenes in Paris.
She won first prize in the Darien Art Show and in the Washington Square Art Show in New York City in the 1970s. In 1970, she won first prize for watercolor painting at the New Canaan Outdoor Art Show.
An art history major at Smith College, she also studied in Providence, R.I., as a teenager with Gino Conti, artist member of the Providence Art Club. Since 1966, Findlay has been a professional watercolorist and has been listed in Who's Who of American Women.
Since 1975, she had directed her professional efforts to the study of the history of interior design and historic preservation at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She was appointed to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Board and served from 1974 to 1984.
Subsequently, Findlay became a member of the board of trustees of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Victorian Society in America and Connecticut Preservation Action. She served on the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission for nine years from 1979 to 1988, and founded the New Canaan Preservation Alliance Inc. seven years ago.
From 1980 to 2005, she owned Mimi Findlay Antiques/Design, exhibiting in antiques shows in New York City, offering design services to private clients for the restoration of historic interiors, as well as providing the appropriate antiques and period furnishings. She serves on the vetting committee of the annual Winter Antiques Show in the Armory.
The museum is at 295 West Ave. Visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.