I began oil painting in 1976 while I was a stay-at-home mom. The next year I studied art at CSUF and was offered an art scholarship for the following year. However, family obligations prevented me from accepting or finishing my art degree. Later I earned my teaching credential. For the next 30 years, family and career as a kindergarten/first grade teacher required most of my time. Four years ago I returned to art when I began traveling every Tuesday to Tulare with my father, Bob Bottoms, to paint at the Senior Center. There he and so many other wonderful artists have made invaluable contributions to my artwork. They persuaded me to try pastels, and now that medium fills me with new inspiration. I’m still hopeful that my style will loosen up somewhat as I study further and gain more confidence.
The abundance of local artistic talent and knowledge keeps me inspired and an eager learner. With help from my many artistic friends, I hope to keep growing in technique, knowledge, and skill as my eyes and heart open to all the possibilities of expression through art.
Many thanks to the Porterville Art Association for the opportunity to show my work as featured artist. Thank you, too, to the many members who work so hard behind the scenes to make a show like this possible.
PORTERVILLE ART GALLERY
The Porterville Art Gallery features the work of many professional and avocational local artists and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by the artists living in California’s Central Valley. The gallery’s displays cover a wide variety of styles and media. Please stop by to view our varied and constantly changing exhibits.
The mission of the Porterville Art Association (P.A.A.) is to promote visual arts in the Porterville area through workshops, educational programs, art exhibits, financial assistance to art students and other appropriate activities.
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