Art Gallery to feature
works by Walters-Dixon
is one of 16
Madison Bicentennial Mural artists
(December 2009) Many artists are able to create
wonderful works centered on specific themes or topics they have researched
and thoroughly studied. Some artists are able to concentrate on only
one specific category, such as landscapes or portraits. But Madison,
Ind., artist Barbara Walters-Dixon can paint it all. From pets to people
to historic buildings, Walters-Dixon has created amazing pieces of work
that have been sold throughout the country and abroad as well.
by Konnie McCollum
Walters-Dixon is a
versatile artist capable of painting a
variety of subjects in oil or watercolor.
More than 40 of her paintings, both oil and watercolors
in a variety of sizes, will be on display in a special exhibit during
January 2010 at the Madison Art Gallery, 301 E. Main St. Among her paintings
are a series of 10 scenes depicting the buildings of Hanover College
and numerous steam boats including the Belle of Louisville, Mississippi
Queen, Delta Queen and American Queen.
Born in Louisville, Ky., Walters-Dixon was raised in Madison. It was
in high school in Madison that she was heavily influenced by her art
teacher, Bernie Gray.
She was my mentor; she told me to keep painting and sketching,
said Walters-Dixon, 70.
After graduation, Walters-Dixon married, moved to Colorado and raised
two children, Robert and Catherine. Although she worked as a secretary
for an engineering firm, Walters-Dixon managed to find time to sing
with Sweet Adelines, a top notch womens choral group, and she
continued to always sketch.
She said she never considered herself a professional artist, although
her lifelong hobby has worked itself into a business. Her artwork can
be found extensively throughout the country and has been purchased by
people as far away as Paris.
She moved back to Madison after re-marrying and currently resides in
the Steamboat House, a historic home once owned by a steamboat captain
and built to resemble a steamboat. I have a fondness for steamboats,
she said. A friend of mine, Louis DeCar, has a book on steamboats
he will let me borrow so I can paint them.
Walters-Dixon gets her inspiration from a variety of subjects. Although
she is largely confined to her home because of health issues at this
point, she loves plein aire painting, particularly on the grounds of
She also does commission work, and is working on a series of pet portraits.
I am a detail person, so I dont always paint as fast as
other artists, she said. The minute details of her paintings are
evidence of the time she puts into her work. She said she attempts to
work on her paintings every day.
Anything she tries to paint, she succeeds, said Annette
Hackett, a friend who has become her personal helper. Ive
been working for her for three years and she is great. Its amazing.
Walters-Dixon is one of the 16 artists chosen to help create the Madison
Bicentennial Mural for the citys 200th anniversary celebration.
The original mural is on display at Madison City Hall, while a special
replica hangs on the wall of Rogers Corner, 101 E. Main St.
In addition to the special exhibit ongoing at the Madison Art Gallery
through the month of January, Walters-Dixon is a regular member of the
Madison Art Club and has small postcard-sized paintings and prints available
at the gallerys gift shop.
For more information, visit Barbara Walters-Dixons
website at: www.SteamboatHouseArt.com.
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