Creative Innovations: Pam Fritz, Jackie Stengle, Diana Littlejohn and Lynda Robinson
April. 30, 2012
Jackie Stengle, Christian, mother, grandmother and great grandmother is also a busy artist.
She says, “Color and form excite me, art awakens me in the middle of the night and I wonder why I’ve been sleeping when I could have been painting. I love to paint organic abstracts, flowers and people.
Jackie is a well respected artist in Granbury and throughout Texas. Her work is featured in private and public collections as well as being part of numerous juried art shows receiving accolades from jurors and viewers.
“The influence of over thirty workshops led by very talented and knowledgeable teachers, create designs in my mind which come together to form the beginning. As I brush stroke, wipe, scrape and manipulate the colors, a texture forms which is in harmony with the emotions I feel until my painting is excitingly finished and has become a design in my mind.”
Pam Fritz began her artistic adventure ten years ago with the encouragement and instruction from friend and fellow artist Yvonne Sailers. He has also studied with nationally know artists Douglas Walton, Robert Burridge and Frank Webb. My journey has been a colorful expression of feelings, thoughts and dreams.
Watercolor was her medium of choice until last year when she found that acrylic paints could provide the same transparency. Now she loves to layer acrylic paint and the permanence of the color. The camaraderie of other artists she's met along the way has made the learning process more special. There has been much to learn from each of them.
She has been a member of Lake Granbury Art Association since moving to Granbury and is also a member of Fort Worth’s Society of Watercolor Artists where I hold signature status. I have won many awards for paintings both locally and with SWA and have been juried into the national Rio Brazos Art Exhibition.
Diana Littlejohn: “My love of painting began in grade school, and later I became an art teacher and school administrator. When I retired in 2004 I renewed my love of art and painting. “As a lifelong advocate of learning I have participated and studied with more than thirty nationally known artists. Although, I have worked in oil and pastel I prefer to work in water media, watercolor, acrylic and collage. Color, luminosity, and textures excite me, and I love to work with composition and design.
“Like many artists I began painting realistically but I now prefer to experiment with water media, found and made textural materials in an expressionistic abstract way.”
Dr. Diana Littlejohn was born in England. She began her formal art training at the University of Texas at Arlington where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. Later she received a second Masters (MS) from Tarleton State University and a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Administration and Leadership.
Now retired, Diana has returned to her love of art and spends her time painting and organizing art workshops for the Lake Granbury Art Association (LGAA). She also likes to play golf and bridge when she is not painting. Currently, she is a member of the LGAA, Society of Watercolor Artists (Fort Worth), Southwest Watercolor Society (Dallas) and the International Experimental Artist Association.
From a young age I’ve had a passion in the arts especially painting. And I’ve always had a dream to find classes to start me on my journey. Five years ago I found classes and started the trip with the great Cheng Kee Chee. I studied four years with him and received the courage to keep painting and to do it often.
Other teachers with whom I’ve studied are Steve Quiller, Robert Buridge, Pat Dews, Judy Betts, Betsy Dillard Strout, and Betty Carr. I’m interested in all art media and work in all but pastels.
Chee encourage me to enter juried shows and put my work out there. I’ve won awards from Best of Show to Honorable Mention. My work is in collections in Michigan, Florida, Connecticut and Texas.
Painting for me is like a child on Christmas morning all excited to see what’s going to happen. I hope my work makes you feel the love, joy, passion and soul I feel about life and all people.
When: Apil 28 - May 23
Where: Langdon Center's Gordon House
Cost: Open to the public.