Studio 502 Art Co., Danvers, IL
member since: 04/03/2018
Festival biz experience: 3+ years
USA: Danvers, Illinois (IL)
Phone: (309) 826-3854
I'm a retired bank analyst living in a small (1000 residents) rural community in the Midwest, surrounded by corn and bean fields. I can see wind farms, fields, storms rolling in and beautiful sunrises and sunsets on a regular basis. My primary focus is traditional art, acrylic paintings from my own or friends' photographs (with permission). Occasionally, I obtain inspiration from free sites such as Pixabay. My interest in art began as a child when my dad taught me how to draw basic items such as apples, fences, and buildings. I won state competitions in 8th grade, and a national competition at the age of 12. During my high school years, my school didn't offer art classes. I took a class during the summer at a different high school and won "best of show" at a local art fair. Over the next few years, I continued to paint and won several ribbons. Then full time work and family became my focus, but I still dabbled in my art but didn't become fully absorbed until I just before I retired in 2015. I now have my own studio where I practice both traditional and abstract art. My abstract art is very new to me (acrylic pour art). I tried this as I was becoming too tense at times with the detail in my traditional art, and thought this would "loosen" my mind. It's fun and very messy, and definitely not as easy as some people think! I try to continue my art education with online and local community college art courses. My younger grandchildren have become interested in art and I'm happy to help them learn the fundamentals of drawing and mixing colors. I was selected to participate in a local juried show this past summer (Sugar Creek Arts Show) in Normal, Illinois. Although I didn't win anything, it was a valuable learning experience as far as setting up my sales area and pricing my product. I'm looking forward to participating in more shows in future.
Artist, Artist-Crafter, Craftsperson
Acrylic Traditional and Abstract Art