The work of Glasgow artist Emmy Lou Dickinson is now on display at the Christeen Snavely Art Gallery at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center.
Dickinson took up painting about 10 years ago and uses both watercolors and acrylics. She began painting, she said, because, “I have a passion for art.”
“When I think about my art, I think I probably had the itch for a long time, but life just got in the way,” she said.
The subject matter for her paintings varies from fruit to animals to people.
“I enjoy paintings that evoke some sort of emotion,” she said.
The exhibit at the cultural center is not her first. She has displayed her work at the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber Commerce in a solo show and with area artists in other exhibits.
Dickinson has sold many of her paintings.
“I think it’s really interesting what pieces of art speak to people,” she said.
Dickinson recently recalled attending an exhibit by the late Wendell Cherry, who was founder of Humana Inc. and an avid art collector.
“There was all these fabulous pieces of art, but there was this one little one of a girl on the back of a wagon,” she said.
That was the painting that Dickinson fell in love with; not the larger works.
Dickinson typically paints from photographs or pictures she clips from magazines.
She paints, she said, because “for me, it’s fun. It is very therapeutic because one seems to lose oneself in the process. You forget everything else when you are painting.”
Dickinson has taken classes under the direction of Alida Akers, also a Glasgow artist, as well as from other art instructors.
“I think it is important to learn the basics, but I also think that a lot of it is intuitive,” she said.
Dickinson is a member of the Arts Guild of the Barrens. Other works by her can be viewed at 212 On the Main, the art gallery for the Arts Guild of the Barrens.
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