Dixie remembers receiving a postcard when she was very little of a painting done by Van Gogh. The thick brushstrokes of the yellow chair in the painting made a great impact on her and she remembers thinking, “If only I could paint like that…” That point in time may have been the catalyst that set her heart in the direction of an interest in the visual arts and the love of color and texture.
As the years went by, Dixie taught elementary school and somehow always incorporated art in her lessons! In the summers, after receiving her masters’ degree, Dixie took many art classes. She attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago where she studied with Irving Shapiro who introduced her to a limited palette. Dixie studied with Marie DaHarb of Naperville, Nancy Fortunato of Palatine, Catherine Wilson Smith of St. Charles and Thomas Trausch of Woodstock. She attended workshops by Win Jones, Tom Lynch, Vivian Chevillion, Phil Austin and others.
After teaching many years, Dixie became interested in interior design. In May of 2001 Dixie graduated with a degree in interior design and started her own mural company titled “Living Murals.”
Since she always liked to paint on large canvases, she realized her dream by painting on walls! Her murals are in residences throughout the Chicago area.
Dixie has been in numerous art shows and done work on commission. She has taught in private art schools and park districts. She currently teaches drawing and composition, pastels, acrylics, watercolor and oils. Her original paintings are on display in various galleries and the BCAC website. Currently a member of the Barrington Cultural Arts Center, she enjoys the comradery and focus of fellow artists.