"Drought" "Drought"
"Backstage" "Backstage"
"Urban Conversations" "Urban Conversations"
"Apparition" "Apparition"
"Drought""Backstage""Urban Conversations""Apparition"

Drought

Oil on Canvas

18″ x 40″

Backstage

Oil on Canvas

24″ x 30″

Urban Conversation

Oil on Canvas

24″ x 30″

Apparition

Oil on Canvas

24″ x 30″

 

Dee Schulten

I began painting ten years ago after teaching high school English for 31 years. I always had wanted to paint, so upon retirement, my first act was signing up for Endia Bumgarner Price’s Beginning Oil Painting class at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School. I had no illusions that I actually had talent, but thanks to Endia and other oil painting instructors, I discovered a love of color and abstract form.

Painting has allowed me to discover several things:
• I love the act of painting. I enjoy the scrape of my palette knife on a canvas and the feel of paint gliding onto the surface.
• I like nothing better than having a blank canvas in front of me, a palette full of paint next to me, and a palette knife in my hand.
• I’m not interested in making a statement with my art. It’s a totally visceral experience for me. When I paint, I feel it in my gut.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my success. My painting Drought was chosen for the Arkansas Arts Center’s 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. Hot Times was selected the South Arkansas Arts Center’s 2013 Juried Art Competition. I’ve sold paintings at the Museum School Sale, the Arkansas Repertory Theater’s ARTWORKS exhibitions, and other venues. I also have sold to collectors in Arkansas, Texas, Iowa, Kansas City, and New York City.
Nine other artists and I formed Co-Op Art to have studio and gallery space. It is located in the Tanglewood Shopping Center in Little Rock.