Being the eldest of six children, teaching kids to paint was the natural next step. I taught privately, to large groups of home schooled children and through the Bigfork Art Center in Bigfork and the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell. I ran week long summer art classes. During the year 1996, my mother and I opened an art school where I was co-director and taught several different classes of different mediums. Currently I teach primarily to adults and focus on my own painting, showing some work and taking some commissions.
As a young child what attracted me to art was old illustrations in children's fairy tale books, especially the first Grimes Brother's illustrator, Arthur Rackham. In later years I have been inspired by Art Nouveau and Georgia O'Keefe. I chose watercolor as my medium because I love the transparency of watercolors and the way water reacts when it is mixed with paint. Ultimately I'd like to illustrate my own children's book.
These days I paint, ride my horse, garden and finish building my straw bale house with my son while continuing teaching. Ironically, although I'm self taught, I get tremendous joy sharing the excitment of discovery my students feel while learning how to paint.
You can contact Deliah at 406-837-4828.