At PBAA/Manley Art Center for December, we’re featuring another versatile multi-media artist: Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas.
In describing her art history Eva Marie says, “I began my art studies working in stone and clay as a student and teacher’s assistant for Jack Richardson at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, California. And I ended my art study at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, while also changing my major to Mathematics.”
Eva Marie then went on to study at California State University of Sacramento, earning a secondary teaching credential and a Bachelor of Art degree in Mathematics. And that led her to, “ work in the computer field.”
But, then in 1994 in Sacramento, Eva Marie enrolled in drawing and watercolor classes with someone many of us are familiar with—Audi Stanton. “As a result of her training and encouragement, I began selling my cat watercolors in galleries, on line and at art shows,” reports Eva Marie.
In addition, Eva Marie has over the years studied and participated in workshops with many other instructors, including watercolor instructors Jan Kunz and Charles Reid; ceramicist instructors
David Bradley and Anne Lecaze; and oil painting instructors Susan Sarback (founder of the School of Light and Color), Terry Miura, Randy Blasquez, and Elio Camacho.
This training has obviously paid off, because Eva Marie has over the years been able to win numerous awards, as well as sell her art and pottery all over the world. Now, to put it all in perspective, Eva Marie sums up her art philosophy this way: “Life is short. Art is long.”
You can see more of Eva Marie’s work on her website at www.cattailgallery.com.