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Loretta Shadow Owens

Loretta Shadow Owens

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    How blessed I have been to live a grace-filled life with an array of varied opportunities and many inviting challenges. God has prepared me for this moment. During my lifetime, I have had the opportunity to meet many truly interesting individuals. it is exciting to me to use my interpretive portraitures to capture the essence of those who I now draw and paint.

    As an artists it is a joy to share with you and the world, this myriad of color, fun, and passion for life. For me, painting is a process and not a product - it is the evolution of my very being leaping forth onto the paper or canvas! Each piece is like a child and each piece goes through a life process from being born to being complete.

    Painting is a spiritual experience where I experience the presence of God and feel these pieces are co-created by our God who loves and cares for us all.

    It is my hope that someone, somewhere will be touched, moved to feel, to smile, to remember, and even perhaps laugh or cry when they encounter my work. It is a reflection of my journey and a window to my soul.

    To God be the Glory!
  • Resume

    A Ruston, Louisiana native, Loretta is the daughter of the late Margaret Glasscock Shadow and the late Hale Roath Shadow. Her only sister, Anita, had polio when Loretta was born. Anita was a hero in Loretta’s eyes and the whole experience of having a physically challenged sibling was a big part of who Loretta has become. Loretta and Jim married in 1973. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Jim passed away December, 2015.
    Loretta attended the Louisiana Tech Nursery School, A.E. Phillips Lab School, and Ruston High School, where she was taught that all people are gifted and talented and creativity was encouraged. She earned Curve Bar Rank in the Girl Scouts and was selected to attend the 1965 Girl Scout Round-up in Idaho. As an adult leader, she completed Wood Badge Training by the Boy Scouts of America. While in high school, Loretta was twice a state winner in 4-H, in Home Grounds/Beautification and in Leadership. She spoke at the national Keep America Beautiful meeting in New York City and has shared the podium with astronaut John Glen at the National Soft Drink Association in Houston, Texas. Loretta attended three events hosted by Ladybird Johnson at the White House as part of the National Youth Conference on Natural Beautification and Conservation. She participated in the Exchange for International Living in the Netherlands where she lived with three different families.
    She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Louisiana Tech University; one in Home Economics Education and one in Animal Science. She also earned a masters degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she had a graduate assistantship. She studied at the University of Hawaii, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and has studied in Europe on an extensive fashion and textiles tour with Stout State University, Menomie, Wisconsin.
    She worked as an Extension Home Economist from 1971 to 1975 in LaSalle Parish. She contracted the building of their home from 1976 through 1977 and their barn in 1982 and 1983. She was vice president of Ruston Coca-Cola Bottling Company and worked with the breeding of pure bred Arabian horses at the farm. The Owens family raises timber and is interested in conservation and wildlife. Loretta and Jim owned and operated Pure Country Feed and Supply, Inc. for seven years then Loretta operated Loretta’s Stitchin’ Post and Gallery.
    She is a charter member and past president of the Ruston Junior Auxiliary and was the first Outstanding Young Women awarded by the Ruston- Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She has participated in the United Methodist Cursillo and traveled with the Wild Horse Ministries. She and Jim were state coordinators for Louisiana Christian Motorcycle Association for ten years.
    Loretta has studied and painted under M. Douglas Walton since 1989. She has also studied with Ann Eberle, Peter Jones, Bob Burridge, Pat Dew, and Don Cincone. She has studied in Mexico and Bali, Indonesia where she painted with Maud in his studio. She enjoys working in both water media and oils as well as has a passion for the process of drawing and painting. It is a spiritual experience where time becomes irrelevant. Her paintings and drawings sometimes cause smiles and even laughter among fellow artist and outside viewers. Her debut showing of her art work was in May 2001 at the Townsend House during the Spring Artist Tour. Her drawing of Christ was published in a teaching booklet produced by M. Douglas Walton. Loretta illustrated a nationally awarded book about God’s creation called Where Did the Day Go ? She has won many awards and has had numerous one-man shows of her art including Booksllers in Natchitoches, LA, the Barnwell Art Center in Shreveport, the Event Center opening show at the Lincoln Parish Library in Ruston, LA, the Old Post Office Museum in Winsboro, LA, and the Old City Hall Museum in Lake Charles, LA. She was selected to join LA Artist INC and has be a member of the Hoover Watercolor Society of Shreveport, NLAC in Ruston, and was a member artist of the River Gallery of West Monroe. Her art is collected by people around the globe. She also enjoys doing calligraphic works featuring favorite Bible verses, prayers, poems, and sayings. Loretta has her florist license and especially enjoys using native flowers and greenery in her unusual arrangements.
    Her painting career began at the age of forty. She had heard “life begins at forty” and so it did. She once wrote there are daily experiences that stand out as most meaningful however seemingly small; they include a smile, walking hand in hand, caroling with friends, stars twinkling in the sky, a tear, Band-aids to mend little scratches, the smell of roses, a violet, a narcissus, sweet olive or honeysuckle, and marshmallows roasting on an open fire.

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