Anna Edwards didn’t begin painting until after she retired from teaching in 1995.
She started by taking classes from various instructors in the immediate area, including Jane Kehrt and John Wing.
She studied watercolor painting with Kehrt, and then acrylic painting with Wing. Edwards still attends Kehrt’s watercolor classes, which meet Wednesday afternoons and are called the Wednesday Watercolor class.
“I love watercolor the most,” she said. “It’s so bright. I feel like if you start with one thing, it’s better to stay with it than to go do this and this and this and swap around.”
In addition to watercolor and acrylics, she also does pen and ink and some mixed media pieces.
Edwards has always been interested in art and always wondered if she could do it if she had time.
“I don’t consider myself an artist,” she said. “People will say, ‘Oh, you are really talented.’ I don’t feel like I’m talented. I just stay with it and keep working with it and trying and trying.”
Edwards believes anyone can learn to paint if they want to badly enough.
“They just have to take the time to sit down and work at it,” she said.
Edwards has won several awards for her artwork and through the years she has exhibited it locally and in Bowling Green. Her art can be found at 212 On The Main on West Main Street, the gallery for the Arts Guild of the Barrens; Stonehaven Art Gallery at the Louie B. Nunn Lodge at Barren River Lake State Resort Park; and at Art and Antiques, also on West Main Street.
Edwards believes everyone needs a hobby.
“This has been my hobby,” she said. “I enjoy it. I think it is therapeutic.”
Often times she said she finds her problems seem to melt away when she paints. She also loses track of time when she paints.
“I can be painting and I’ll look up and it will be 1 o’clock in the morning,” she said.
Subject matter for her artwork varies from flowers, animals, barns and sometimes portraits of people. She has also been known to do abstract paintings.
“I can’t say I do any one thing,” she said.
She paints mostly from photographs, some of which are ones her son, Jeff Edwards, has taken.
Many of the paintings she has done hang in her home, along with a few others by other area artists.
“I decided a long time ago that I would just hang art from people I know,” she said. “That’s something I wish people in Glasgow would do. I think we are really, really lucky to have so many artists in the area.”
Edwards joined the Arts Guild of the Barrens because she knew several of the artists who were already members and wanted to be a part of what they were doing. Plus, being a member gave her an opportunity to hang and sell her artwork at 212 On The Main, she said.
“It always thrills me when somebody likes something I’ve done well enough to buy it,” she said.
But mostly, she paints because it is a fun hobby to have, she said.
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