UNION CITY, Ind. - Carol Strock-Wasson is an invited artist once again to the Indiana Heritage Arts’ annual exhibition in Nashville, Ind.
“I submitted my work and they chose Melting Snow, a 16x20 oil,” she said. “The Indiana Arts Club is an old, prestigious artist show at the museum.”
Her work will be among 40-43 artists there, as each artists was allowed one piece to exhibit. The open reception for the show is at 2 p.m. April 27.
Strock-Wasson is devoted to plein air painting and is always venturing forth into new areas with pastel or oil.
Focused on painting with spontaneity and freshness, her dedication is evident in awards and entry into prestigious shows across the country.
Strock-Wasson has been painting for 20 to 30 years.
“It’s fun and very plein air painting is enjoyable,” she said. “I enjoy nature and I try to capture the colors.”
She said she painted Melting Snow this winter.
It was too cold to be outside, according to her, so she painted it inside her studio on her rural Union City, Ind., property.
She was invited to the Door County Plein Air Festival in 2008, 2012, 2013 and this year, and received the Silver Medal Award at Indiana Heritage Arts in 2007. Other shows include Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts, Arts for Parks, Pastel Society of America, Chicago Pastel Society and Pastels USA.
Wasson is a featured artist in Painting Indiana II: The Changing Face of Agriculture and also Painting Indiana III - Heritage of Place.
She is a supporting member of numerous organizations locally and nationally. She is represented by Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, Ind., and Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Arts, Indianapolis, Ind.
Her memberships include the Randolph County Art Association, Indiana Artists Club, Indiana Plein-Air Painters Association, Hoosier Salon, Pastel Society of America and the Darke County Art Guild; is an associate member of American Impressionists Society; and a signature member of Chicago Pastel Painters.
She is affiliated with the Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, Ind., Indiana Heritage Arts in Nashville, Ind., and Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.
Strock-Wasson has two pastels entered in the Randolph County Art Association art show currently underway.
“I won the best pastel and best of show,” she said.
“I try to paint every single day, even if only for 20 minutes,” said Strock-Wasson. “Everyone interested in painting should do it everyday.”
Most of her work is plein air, but she has done some studio pieces.
“One of them is a 30x40 oil for the Brown County Indiana Heritage Art Museum,” she said.
Strock-Wasson was a one time resident of Darke County, when she and husband Dan, owner of Wasson Nursery, were first married 34 years ago.
She still helps out when she can at the nursery, and indicated her husband is supportive of her art work.
“It used to help there more, but now I’m into more and more art so I spend less time there,” she said. “After I got married and had kids, I started doing plein air painting and got two nice awards.”
She said she learned about painting by reading a lot of books.
“I never stop learning,” she said. “Talent, somebody said, is 99 percent sweat and 1 percent inspiration. It takes a lot of painting. It’s hard work. Talent is something you learn as your grow as an artist. I’ve done thousands and thousands of paintings, bad and good.”
Her plans are to keep on painting forever.
“I have no plans to quit,” said Strock-Wasson, mother of two sons, Danny and Bob, and an 18-month-old granddaughter, Sonora.
She is hoping Melting Snow captures the hearts of the judges.
“I’ve won small prizes there before,” she said.