When I was required to write an “artist statement” it took a lot of soul searching to come up with the words. This had never occurred to me, that I had an “ artist statement” in my vocabulary. The one that I came up with reads,” Historically many artists have worked in multi-media, such as oils, watercolor, pastels. It is not an attempt, on my part, to be versatile that I also work in different mediums, but an intuitive decision that is made in relation to the subject matter. It is my choice to accept the challenge and, more than likely, to have a learning experience during the process. My life work was professional and art is a part of the enjoyable journey”.
As stated, my life work was professional, I am a graduate of Roanoke Memorial School of Professional Nursing and still active in the Alumni Association. While working at the hospital I decided to take some art classes, so, I signed up for a watercolor/drawing class through Roanoke County Department of Recreation. This was several years ago, my sons were then teen agers, and we had a rather busy life, but I took the class and loved it. Ed Bordett was the instructor. After that I took classes at Virginia Western, then a class with Ruth Hamilton in her studio and again at Virginia Western Community College. There I had a class led by Vera Dickerson, and when she and Peyton Klein opened a school of art over the old Mish-Mish art store on Roanoke City Market area, I went there. My art experience has been through what is now called The Studio School. Through the instructors there, and the workshops they offer, I have gained an art education.
My work can be seen at 2nd Helping on Williamson Road, in Roanoke, and at Alleghany Arts and Crafts in Clifton Forge. We are fortunate to have several regional shows that enables us, as artists, to exhibit our work on a competitive basis, judged and juried shows, and I participate in these. To name a few, Sidewalk Art Show in June, held by Taubman Museum, Lynchburg Art Club in September, Bath County Association, Abingdon Art Association, Piedmont Art Association, League of Roanoke Artists. I have received awards and sales from several of these shows and it never ceases to amaze me. I am an artist member of Virginia Watercolor Society and League of Roanoke Artist, Past President.
Each artist contributes 20% of their art sales to the 1000 Hills Art Project. We greatly appreciate their giving and Land of a Thousand Hills is honored to support our local art community.
Our pottery coffee mugs are created by Maria Arellano, Marcus Fether,and Rebecca McKeever and may also be purchased at Daleville Land of a Thousand Hills.