From My Kayak: Trumball Lake

From My Kayak: Trumball Lake, watercolor, 17.5" x 13.25", 2010

Anita Baedke-Plucker, nicknamed Katie, was born and raised in Terril, Iowa.  After graduating from Terril Community School, Anita attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa where she earned a BA in Art Education.  She soon married and had two boys.  Anita put her artistic career on hold to stay at home, but as the boys grew older she was able to create more artwork and began to enter area art shows.  Her career continued to grow as she went from art show to art show, to having limited-edition prints published, to displaying her work in juried national exhibitions and galleries. 

When she and her family moved back to the Terril area, Anita joined the Spencer Area Arts Council, and soon became Director of the Gallery Shop, and later, worked full-time as the Director of Education and Outreach for Arts on Grand in Spencer.  Following eight years at Arts on Grand, Anita taught Art at the Spencer Middle School for 15 years, enabling her to finally put her degree in education and her love to teach into full practice while still allowing her fragments of free time to create.  Anita recently retired and enjoys painting full time and conducting workshops throughout the Midwest.

Anita has been a popular art instructor for many art organizations, including Witter Gallery, the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Arts on Grand, the Amana Arts Guild, A Piece of Work, the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, the Dickinson County Nature Center, and others.  She is a member of area arts councils and the Transparent Watercolor Society, a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society, and a charter member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

The artist writes, My watercolor paintings reflect my life in northwest Iowa -- waterscapes, rural landscapes, and architecture indicative of the area.  My approach to my art work is realistic.  I look for spatial relationships within my subject matter and I love surface texture, varied lines, negative spaces, and the effects color can exude within a piece.  My style ranges from loose flowing brushstrokes to tightly controlled detail.  Currently my inspiration and focus for my work are the designs and patterns created as nature and man play with the surface of the land.  I find beauty in the ordinary, often overlooked remnants of a vanishing way of life -- the homesteads, farmsteads, and the buildings now empty where family-owned businesses once thrived in Iowa's small towns . . . . where only memories linger now.

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