Thyrsie Cahoon

Thyrsie Cahoon

My mission is to use watercolor painting as a means to give hope and inspiration to others from a christian worldview.  I am currently a representational painter, who hopes my viewers  will experience the awe and wonder of creation, the seen and the unseen. Born in Michigan, I call Arkansas my home.  I majored in art as a Freshman at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.   I ended up getting a major in zoology and masters degree in library science.  My mom and dad first introduced me to art when they gave me a piece of paper and pencil. I remember my first scribbles, with mom and dad admiring what I had done. As a child, I studied with Virginia Cammack, later taking private lessons from Karolyn Farrell.  Later at the University of Arkansas I studied with instructors there. My artistic influences are:  Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Judi Betts, and most recently Carol Carter and David Arms. Major artistic obstacles I have encountered in life are simply finding the time for art.  I work full time as an office manager, having raised two children, my greatest artistic challenge has been balancing home life with work.   This is why I am so excited about using a watercolor journal.  A journal is portable, affordable, and inspirational.  I think it fits with current lifestyles. My art has changed over my career in that now I am mentally able to finish work.  I have become more disciplined in following through with my projects.  I began using watercolor over other mediums because watercolors weren’t as toxic as other mediums.  I haven’t changed mediums from watercolor, I can’t seem to master the medium.  Visual themes present in my artwork to date have been the importance of color, a love of nature, and more recently, a passion to manifest invisible things like hope and faith.  
 

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