20 different artists’ paintings
Linda Littlechild lives in Edmond, Ok with her husband, Mike, of 48 years. She had three children and has ten grandchildren. Linda has been a part of the Oklahoma art scene for many years. When she retired four years ago from Mercy Health Systems, she decided to pursue her passion for art full time. Three and a half years ago she decided to teach a painting class for beginners. Within six months, the class was full, so she opened a second one, which filled up quickly. Linda said she never planned on teaching art and believes that God had a hand in this. "My art students fill my life with joy and love. I am so very proud of each and every one of them. I will always be grateful that they have allowed me to accompany them on their art journey."
Annette Fisher—A native Oklahoman and a retired reading teacher, she combines her passions for gardening, nature, and photography in her paintings. “I always learn more about the beauty of God’s creation when I paint,” she says.
Beverly Chaumont —She began art classes with Littlechild in January 2011. She says she had never painted before and was not sure she could do it. “It has been so much fun. We have a great class of women of varying skills but we encourage each other. Linda makes it fun.”
Beverly Georgia—Oklahoma-born and educated at OSU, she painted early in the ‘60s in Houston, Texas. Her past five years of art lessons have been with the late Evelyn Miner, and she is presently in classes under the direction of Linda Littlechild.
Beverly Howard—She has lived in Oklahoma City for more than 25 years. Beverly has a husband, Ed, and two grown children. She taught at Heritage Hall and the Ominplex where she created “The Young Artists Gallery.” Painting is a passion for Beverly and she has painted off and on for two years. She has recently started classes with Linda who she says “is an amazing teacher.”
Barbara Brou—Started taking painting/art classes three years ago. “I really enjoy the classes and never thought I’d be doing this,” says Brou. She has painted both oil and acrylic and her favorite paintings are bright colors and also still life. “Linda has truly inspired me!”
Carol Bird—She has enjoyed painting for many years and plans to continue painting for the rest of her life.
Gail Bouknight—From Edmond, she became a serious artist around two years ago after retiring from a 37-year career in nursing. “I am still trying to figure out my style, but I like to paint contemporary subjects in bright, bold colors,” she says. Her medium of choice is oil on canvas. She has been married to her husband Dan for 35 years and has three children, Dana, Jordan and Katie.
Judy Bennett—After retiring from Marietta City Schools in Marietta, Ga., Judy returned home to Oklahoma. In 2008, she joined the staff of Whiz Kids and served as a site administrator for three years. Judy has chosen to fill the last chapters of her life with beautiful colors and brush strokes on canvas. Painting is compatible with her belief that staying young requires a commitment to lifelong learning. “The acts of mixing paint and applying brush to canvas are spiritual. Painting takes me to another place. I become totally immersed and all sense of time vanishes. I am learning to search the world with benevolent eyes for every subtle beauty of offers,” she says.
Linda Ezell—She was born in Meridian, Miss., and now resides in Edmond with her husband, David. She was educated at Auburn University, Alabama, earning a bachelor’s of science in elementary education in 1969. While teaching and raising a family, she enjoyed various artistic hobbies such as sewing, needlework and decorating. In recent years she has enjoyed oil painting classes with Linda Littlechild as her teacher.
Linda Whitworth—She was raised on a farm in southwest Oklahoma, which her grandparents homesteaded and is still owned by her family. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two sons and four grandsons and are expecting a granddaughter in September. She owned and operated a catering business for 25 years and retired eight years ago. She has been taking art lessons for 2½ years from Littlechild. “Some of my favorite subjects are beach scenes and children,” she says.
Phyllis DePatie—At age 75, she has been studying with Linda Littlechild for 1½ years. Prior to that, she studied with various teachers at Hobby Lobby for three years. “Oil painting is my favorite medium and most relaxing,” she says.
Rita Wilkinson—She paints what she calls “whimsical abstract.” She started painting six years ago. “With the instruction of Linda Littlechild, I have developed my style,” she says.
In addition to the above artists, Gallery 66 plans to also display work from Christin Chen, Geri Armstrong, Janice Walters, Justice Hulme, Karen Quinlin, Kay Fryer, Lynn Garofolo, Nancy Krodel and Susan Rawlinson.
is a native Oklahoma artist currently residing in Oklahoma City. She received
her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Oklahoma in
2007. A self-taught painter, she has created art since she was a young child.
She works primarily in oils, but incorporates other media into her work
including acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media. She frequently uses her
knowledge of photography to construct her paintings, employing a unique
approach and great focus on lighting and perspective.
says her objective is to draw from these elements to create a unique style of
her own. Her ultimate goal as an artist is to create work that both emotionally
and creatively stimulates the viewer. Her
inspiration comes from many different areas of art (music, writing, etc.), life
and fantasy, including dreams and their symbolism.
has been featured in several solo exhibitions as well as numerous group
exhibitions and juried events both locally and nationally. In 2010, she
appeared on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” as a mural artist for the Skaggs
Brixey-Higgins, a native of Broken Arrow, is an artist living and
working in Bethany. She says her artwork
is inspired by her Western roots and Cherokee and Osage Indian heritage.
She says her artistic talent was recognized in early grade school,
something she says she studied further at Tulsa Technology Center under
instructor/artist Paul King, who sits on the board of directors of graphic art
and design at OSU-Okmulgee.
Brixey-Higgins will feature graphite, colored pencil and
Prismacolor drawings on paperboard, along with acrylic-on-canvas paintings, in
The married mother of two says she continues to
focus on her art while pursuing a visual communications degree