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TheWillies- Eclectic and Whimsical...

Actually it all started several years ago, it was our new home. With some suggestions from an interior designer friend we decided on a southwestern style décor for the whole house. The only problem was not being able to find this style of home décor pieces in good ole Rocky Top. As a result of this we began to travel out to the southwest. We like to visit the many galleries and shops in that area, and of course hike and explore the desert and ancient ruins. The first trip to Santa Fe proved to be so inspirational to me that when I got back I started creating artwork for our home. Eventually I got better at it and even began to enter juried shows and then to sell my artwork in local galleries.

Being a high school teacher afforded me a unique opportunity to develop my art skills. I was fortunate that my…

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  • Born on January 8
  • Joined November 12, 2009

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About

TheWillies- Eclectic and Whimsical...

Actually it all started several years ago, it was our new home. With some suggestions from an interior designer friend we decided on a southwestern style décor for the whole house. The only problem was not being able to find this style of home décor pieces in good ole Rocky Top. As a result of this we began to travel out to the southwest. We like to visit the many galleries and shops in that area, and of course hike and explore the desert and ancient ruins. The first trip to Santa Fe proved to be so inspirational to me that when I got back I started creating artwork for our home. Eventually I got better at it and even began to enter juried shows and then to sell my artwork in local galleries.

Being a high school teacher afforded me a unique opportunity to develop my art skills. I was fortunate that my drafting classroom was only a few doors down from Mrs. Waller’s art class. When I had spare plan time this is where I could be found. I would get critiques, painting tips and encouragement; not only from the art teacher but from some of the students as well. I don’t know if 25 or so years of popping into high school art class qualifies as “official” art education, however I do owe a lot of what I create today to the time I spent in high school art class. And perhaps a couple others like wood shop and home economics (teachers have a lot of plan time).

I experimented in several art mediums: acrylic on canvas, acrylic on etched wood panels and with gourds to produce mostly vases and masks. The theme to my artwork remained mostly Southwestern. I have had my work juried into various shows by the Knoxville and Oak Ridge Arts Councils. My work has been sold at galleries and shops in the Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Townsend area.

Then in early 2000 my focus turned from art to bass fishing during the summer months.
In January 2009, after 30 years of service, I retired from teaching. So that winter while it was too cold to fish; I picked up a paint brush and started painting small landscapes. They were fun and a local gallery took a couple of them on consignment. I gave the best one to the biggest collector of my work, Beth, our daughter. I also started working with gourds again and began to produce gourd flowers and many other objects of art including angels, trucks and ponies.

Finally in November of 2009 I discovered an outlet for all my work. ETSY!

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