|Artist Edna Krueger in front of her booth|
display at the Permian Basin Fair
|More of Edna's booth display|
|Edna created this display for the fair, which educates|
the audience on how she develops her sketches and paintings.
Interview with Spotlight Artist for October/November, Edna Krueger:
2) What is your training, and what medium(s) / subject matter do you work in? I started out of high school doing drawings for business cards and later went into commercial art. I worked in all kinds of businesses dealing with anything from film stripping to pen and ink illustrations to full color art to be printed. This was before personal computers, making it a requirement to develop many skills in different media. At that time it was mainly in ink because of its easy reproducing aspect.
It was during my time out here in West Texas that I had an instructor that stressed learning as many medias as possible that I ran across pastels. I had never really worked much with the media and at first hated it for the grid feeling under my fingers. But during my last year in college I worked so much with it that I fell in love with the intense colors! There was no mess with mixing them nor were there hash chemicals although you have to mind the dust. Besides pastel though, I work in many medias which include: ink, graphite, oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencils, and charcoal. It's part of my instructor Pam Price's influence plus my background in commercial art.
As for subject matter, I have always loved animals and people!! I drew horses as a child till my mother said please draw something else! So that's when I started drawing people. This fits me because I'm a people person and love getting to know folks and what and why they do things. I'm one of those that love to study people at an airport or other public places. That's why I carry a journal with me almost all the time.
|Watercolor of a little girl, by Edna Krueger|
|The front page of the "People" section in|
Edna's sketch journal
4) What artists/professionals have been your biggest influences? There are so many! I look up to many of the instructors at the portrait conferences. I admire Daniel Greene along with his wife Wende Caporale whose book, "Painting Children's Portraits in Pastel," has helped me many times! I also admire Chris Saper and how she is able to pick up on various skin tones. I use her book, "Painting Beautiful Skin Tones," as a teaching tool and had learned so much from it. I love Judith Cardducci's work with pastel and how she uses color in a fun way, that little spark in her art is enjoyable! Also, for all the work she does to inspire others--that's a true teacher! My art instructor in college at UTPB, Pam Price, was a very big influence on me and many other student artists. I love Van Gogh for his use of color and line, and for his ability to show everyday people doing ordinary things in such a glorious way. But I think the one I love most is Rembrandt. He was another kind of colorist in that his art really does glow! I love the use of shading he does in his paintings moving figures around in space and conveying depth. Wow, what an artist!!
6) What would you like to be doing with your art ten years from now? I'd like to become much more controlled and loose at the same time. That's something I see in all the great artists' work. John Singer Sargent was such an artist. To me a master knows how to convey something without over doing the work. She or he keep it fresh-feeling. That is truly hard to do. I don't know if I'll ever be famous or not, that's not the point. The journey and experience along the way make it all worth it.
|"Tom Girl Beauty" - pastel - by Edna Krueger|
9) Any fun or interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share? My other love is music! I was very blessed to be born with a singing voice and have enjoyed doing parts in musicals in live theatre here in West Texas. We have several live community theaters in the area and I've been blessed to be in many productions. One of the lovely things about theatre is making lifelong friends in the plays and musicals. There's something for everyone to do in a production so you get a creative fun group of people of various backgrounds. I am also a Christian. I have seen and experienced things that many of us would call miracles. My faith has played a large part in shaping who I have become. Am I perfect? Oh, help me NO!! But I have learned to put troubles in the hands of One Who is bigger than I.
|"Queen Bee" - pastel - by Edna Krueger|
|The cover page of the "Travel" section of Edna's|
Search out the ones you admire and learn from them if possible. If not able to get with them, look at their work, their books, and videos. Study the paintings of those you admire. Learn from them, gain insight then teach it to others. By teaching others you have to think about what you do, why you do it and how to do it and therefore reinforce what you know. Want to learn something? Try teaching it, that will in turn teach you as well.
|Some of Edna's supplies for travel journaling|
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