Edna Joanne Gossett
Art has been a part of my life since I was a child. I was blessed to have an incredibly talented and kind elderly lady in my life when I was a child. She loved art and painting and she loved children, so this wonderful lady worked with the young children who lived around her and wanted to learn to paint. From that point on art painting has been a large part of my life.
I worked for the State of Indiana for 32 years in social services, but I continued to paint off and on for most of that time. I was married to my wonderful husband for almost 55 years before losing him a few years ago.
Even though my degree is not in art, I did take several art classes while I attended Ball State University in the 60s. At that time, the
big push was for more modernism in art and realism was not thought to be very artistic. I was told by a professor that if you want realism go take a picture with your camera. That style was not what I was interested in so I decided on another major.
I have painted in several mediums over the years. My childhood friend taught me in oils. She was in a group of ladies who were taking painting lessons from Bertha Duke, a very talented artist who lived in Indianapolis at that time. Bertha would take a bus to Greenfield where the art ladies picked her up. I was fortunate to have been permitted to come to the sessions and watch the ladies paint.
Later in life I took lessons in watercolor from Brian Gordy. I painted in watercolor and acrylics for years. I have grown to love acrylics and now work mostly in acrylic. In the past I loved to paint outside and participated yearly in the T. C. Steele paint outs in Brown County. I have exhibited my work in various galleries in Brown County in the past.
I have been fortunate to be a member of the Muncie Artist Guild off and on since in the 1980s. I have been honored to receive several awards over the years for my work. I have also sold several pieces of my work and two of my paintings have been purchased by Minnetrista Cultural Center as part of their permanent collection.
I was told by the elderly lady of my childhood that when you paint you can only have good feelings and be happy. She said you can’t be sad or unhappy when painting and I have found that to be true. Painting has seen me through many sad times and many good times in my life and I feel blessed to have been granted the experience of continuing to learn to express myself through art.
2020 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient
Fall in the Valley - Acrylic.