ELLIS COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION (ECCA)
Next Meeting – Monday,Oct. 5th, 2015 at 6:30 PM
ECAA Art Center, 501 West Main Street (Lower Level), Waxahachie, TX 75165
OCTOBER 5th GUEST ARTIST – IRMA WARD
We’re delighted to welcome our friend, Irma Ward as our guest demonstrator. Irma is a multi-faceted artist in that she is equally adept painting traditional, representational art as well as delving into the depths of non-representational – abstract – art. All art begins with inspiration, then design; Irma will share how she translates everyday scenes into a colorful, compelling abstract design.
I am often asked how I get ideas for abstract paintings, and then, how do I put it on canvas. My answer, although somewhat vague, is sincere. I am constantly looking for ideas and inspiration is the shapes and colors of my surroundings. For example, right now I am looking out my window and I see the leafless trees of winter with trunks and branches creating many abstract shapes. The arrangement of these shapes interests me and I plan to use this idea for my next painting.
Irma Ward: Artist’s Statement
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where the value of a strong work ethic was emphasized in my parents’ grocery store. This is where I learned to trim a side of beef, take inventory, and provide customer service as a check-out clerk; not much to do with art, yet I learned many valuable lessons that I use today. I moved to Texas in a job transfer with American Airlines, and completed my degree in business administration at the University of Texas at Arlington. I’ve always had a love for the arts and have dabbled in painting and crafts while growing up and during my career at the airline. In January 2000, I made a new-millennium resolution to take this interest to a higher level and I embarked on a journey that forever changed my life. After several years of self-teaching, I enrolled in painting and drawing classes at a local college. I was hooked from there on. Finally I had found the job that I really loved; so much so that I retired early from the airline to paint and study more. In the process, I found that I enjoyed sharing my love for painting with friends, family, and co-workers. I studied hard and earned certification as a Fine Art Instructor from Liliedahl School of Traditional Oil Painting. I now teach and paint full time in my North Texas studio.