My formal art education actually began at Alter High School. Four years of daily art classes with Sr. Margaret Ellen, the courageous nun on crutches, was a great experience. She gave me a solid foundation in the principles of art and experience in a wide variety of media. She encouraged and inspired me to strive for excellence in my artwork, which led to my winning the school's Art Award, regional Scholastic Arts Awards, and a scholarship to art school. Beginning my art education with her guidance was a blessing for which I am forever grateful.
Art Education: The School of the Dayton Art Institute, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, Wright State University.
Workshops with nationally-known artists. I began teaching art in the 1990s after a career in commercial art. I teach in schools, homeschool groups, and private lessons for children and adults. The goal of my art program is to introduce students to the basic foundations of visual art as they create artwork in a variety of drawing, painting and sculpture media. Many of them have won awards in student art competitions at museums, schools and county fairs.
The beauty of nature inspires me to paint landscapes. I am drawn to rural locations that remind me of a childhood spent playing in fields and streams. I also paint scenes from my travels, especially Ireland. The name “Irish Deis Studio” honors my Irish ancestry.
I work in pastel, acrylic and watercolor. Sometimes I paint en plein air (outdoors on location). My other paintings are completed in the studio, based on my snapshots, sketches and memories.
Western Ohio Watercolor Society, Fairborn Art Association, Selected Juried Exhibitions and Awards - * denotes award winners
Morris Press 6th Annual Community Cookbook Awards Contest - 2005* National Top Ten Finalist
Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors Juried Exhibitions - 2006, 2003, 2001, 1995, 1994*, 1991*, 1990*
Fairborn Art Association Juried Exhibitions - 2002*, 2001* (Best of Show)
Miamisburg Art Guild Annual Juried Shows - 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
Ohio State Fair Juried Fine Arts Exhibition - 2001, 2000, 1993
Middletown Fine Arts Center Juried Exhibition - 2000*
Edan Gallery Juried Exhibit - 1991*, 1990*
Do not copy artwork without written permission from the artist.
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