Five States of Mind
Arlene Butterworth Taylor, Barbara McFarland, Martha Ragsdale, Mary Lou Osborne, Merla De Remigio
August 7 - 29, 2015
Arlene Butterworth Taylor
"I believe that if we look for it, we can find beauty all around us. We need only to be observant so that we can acknowledge and appreciate what is there. Art should enrich our lives. It can excite us or bring us peace and serenity. It should lift us from the mundane to the sublime."
I am a full time artist working and teaching in a variety of visual media. I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I studied Art at Brigham Young University for two years. Then, while living in North Carolina, I continued my education at NCCU in Durham, UNC Chapel Hill and was able to complete an associate degree in Architectural Drafting which helped increase my technical skills. Since Moving to Texas in 1996 I have improved my skills in a variety of media by personal study and attending workshops taught by talented artists both locally and in other locations as far away as Italy.
I am now able to pursue art as a full time career. I have taught private art classes for both children and adults. I enjoy sharing my skills with others and I believe that anyone with the desire and dedication can learn to draw and paint. I have worked with watercolor, acrylics, oils, pastels, clay, beads and textiles. I am inspired by the beauty around us every day. The art skills that I teach can be applied to all media.
I am currently a member and exhibit regularly with:
TAG (Trinity Arts Guild) I was President in 2000 and 2001
GAP (Grapevine Art Project)
TPSG (Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild)
I believe everyone’s life can be enriched by exposure to the arts. Art can help anyone be more creative in all aspects of daily life.
I am a working artist who works and teaches in, watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. I teach watercolor and drawing classes in the Continuing Education program at UTA in Arlington. I teach an oil, or acrylic on canvas class at Trinity Art Guild’s Gallery in Bedford. I also teach an all media class at Eclectic Expression in Arlington.
I am very proud of my B.F.A., Magnum Cum Laude in painting and drawing with an English minor from the U.N.T. in Denton. I pursued this dream of mine later in life, after I had traveled and lived in Europe for many years. Being a little older and having traveled and lived extensively overseas, I came to the University with a different perspective on life. I continue my studies by taking workshops from other artists and have spent two summers painting on location at the La Romita School of Art in Italy.
I belong to many art organizations----locally and nationally and am a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas, Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth and Texas Neighbors in Irving. I have served as President for the Southwestern Watercolor Society of Dallas for the 2004-05 year. My work has received numerous awards in local, regional, and national shows over the years and continues to do so.
My subject matter comes from personal photos from my travels and objects I collect. The travel I have done and continue to do introduces me to history, cultures, and philosophies that have a major impact on my work. Turkey, for example, opened my eyes and thoughts to the eastern philosophy. From this I began to see the connection between their views and the philosophy of the American Indians in our Southwest. New thoughts lead to new connections and interests. My work involves the interconnecting strings that hold time and place together. I like to experiment and find new ways to use materials, design principals, and color to help get my idea or concept across in my paintings. Ultimately I strive for a balanced, yet exciting painting that can be enjoyed on many levels.
Mary Lou Osborne
My interest in art came from my business background. I spent 25 years in my own women’s apparel business. It was imperative as an international buyer to have a sense of design, texture and color. With my background in textiles I was interested in painting on silk. I studied with the French artist, Mahalene Louis in Dallas, Texas, for a period of time. During this time I realized I wanted to further my art and I started taking workshops with Jane Jones in Dallas, TX. I followed this with many workshops with major artists such as Frank Webb, Leo Smith, Doug Walton, Christopher Schink, Judi Betts, Judy Coffey, Pat San Soucie and Jan Janus. The use of mixed art mediums was very exciting to me. I am now exploring the use of silk with other mediums. I feel that one must get ”OUT OF THE BOX” TO TRULY EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF ART.
During the year 2001, I served as President Elect and Show Chairman for the Ft Worth Society of Watercolor Artists International Show. I was president of SWA in 2002 and became a signature member that uyear. I have served as president of the Ft Worth Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and a long time member of the Trinity Arts Guild and The Mid Cities Art Association. During the last several years I have been interested in experimental art. I find it very exciting to use any material I choose to complete a painting to my satisfaction. I am now using a method of pouring the paints rather than using a brush. I love the way the paints mix and the beautiful transparency of the paint.
Art is an ever-learning process. I plan to continue to experiment and enjoy the process of learning.
Merla De Remigio, Artist
Merla has a multi-faceted background that began with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas in Manilla, Philippines, where she also studied advertising arts. She has traveled extensively and exhibited her work in the DFW metroplex, and many East Coast cities and sold work to international clients. She has had cable TV interviews to promote her work and feature articles in magazines and newspapers.
After graduation Merla began working as a staff artist for an international advertising agency. She also taught art therapy to physically handicapped children. Merla has worked as a fashion designer and freelance artist-illustrator for several local magazines and newspapers.
Merla says: “Painting is my first love. When I start to paint and create, I start to feel I’m in my own little private world. It’s as if I’m meditating and my mind is isolated from everyone and everything else. I become totally consumed, but when I reach the subject of eyes, then it starts to move me and I get more affiliated with my subject.” It is her way of describing what she cannot otherwise verbalize in words or express in action.
What Merla wants to do most is get others interested in the arts, be it art, dance, drama literature, or music, so they may use creative expression to prevent an abundance of idle time.
Martha Ragsdale, Experimental Artist
Experimental Artist Martha Ragsdale enjoyed a 30-year career in direct marketing before redirecting her interest back to painting. Her very personal works are often humorous and touch on social comment.
She says "Little did I know that experimenting with many different ideas and media would exceed my expectations in creativity and enjoyment. Beginning with everyday objects and scenes, I am inspired to stretch my imagination to create exciting designs, incorporate beautiful colors and express thought-provoking emotional content."
Currently a member of and exhibiting at
Signature member, International Society of Experimental Artists
Signature Member, Fort Worth Society of Watercolor Artists
The National League of American Pen Women, Inc.
Trinity Arts Guild
The Renegade Artists