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• Graduated from Abilene Christian University with a fine arts degree ( B.F.A.)• She went on to do some graduate studies at the University of Arkansas.• After college she moved to Tennessee to teach at both the elementary and collegiate levels.• She married an artist and has a couple daughters
• her paintings have been collected throughout the United States and internationally.• Most of her artwork comes from a continuing passion for still lives.• Polly finds this subject matter full of possibilities for exploring the small wonders of our everyday experience.
The Goal• Making paintings and mixed media work is how she explores light, color and the everyday small wonders around me.• Many pieces are made by combining old bits of childrens dictionaries, vintage papers, and maps as a part of my paintings.
A CommissionThis is a little 6"square commission Idid a while ago. Itwas meant as apresent for someonebeing taken to theU.S. Open, so I didntwant to show itbeforehand
• At first I had no idea how I could make a picture of a ball interesting.• It ended up being a lot of fun.• I used the shadows to interplay with the s curves inside the ball; this helped offset the static nature of a circle inside of a square.• Sometimes it’s enough to just paint a version of what’s before me. Other times I use collage as a way of expanding the image. Text is woven into the paint like the million influences and thoughts that permeate the act of looking.
Our Assignment• This requires paper, paint, glue stick and paint brushes all in a flurry together. It can get kind of crazy.