motivates one to move from the comfortable world of being homemaker,
grandmother and Bible teacher to the intimidating work of painting? A
desire to have real art on my walls? The challenge of assimilating
what I see and trying to reproduce it on canvas? Just a late mid-life
believe that both teachers and artists are born, not made. Elements
of painting both educate and express emotion. My compulsive,
right-brain nature leads me to faithful copying of what I see, while
I struggle to show through color and contrast the feelings which have
drawn me to a particular scene. While I appreciate abstract art, I am
by nature a realistic painter, attempting to stretch myself to
impressionism. Oils are most forgiving and it is a contentious joy to
work from a photo which speaks to a painting which says more. When
the work is done, hopefully, it will say something of me.
a thirty-five year resident of Spartanburg, comes late to painting.
While her father headed art departments at two Georgia colleges, her
genes never prompted any pursuit of art herself. Graduating from the
University of Georgia with an Education degree, her life’s work has
been in teaching, writing, and community service. Her nearly
fifty-year marriage has blessed her with three children and seven
grandchildren, a joyous priority for her time. She is an avid reader
and cook and her love of travel provides much inspiration for her
the last ten years, she has taken oil painting classes with Claire
Hopkins at the Spartanburg Art Museum and with plein air painter Jim
Carson in Saluda, NC. She joined WMAC two years ago as incentive to
paint more and to learn from others.
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