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Patience Brings Roses.

By Pamela Trueblood

       Why am I an artist? I believe my need to express myself artistically is genetic and as time goes on, an obsession. We are a sum of many parts, and those talents, who we are, and what we do come from our family, our backgrounds and personal talents. My story is the quintessentially American story of immigrants. My Mom's family is from Czechoslovakia; both my maternal grandparents are Bohemian by birth and I come naturally to my love of folk art, bright colors. I am in fact, a real Bohemian, and celebrate it.

     My grandmother was born in the Czech Republic in Lipov. Although of Czech descent, my grandfather was born in Vienna, Austria, which led him to be drafted into the Austria-Hungarian army at age 15 during WWI. In 1925 my grandparents, who had two boys, immigrated to Chicago. My mother was born in 1932 in Chicago; eventually, the family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois, and my family still resides under old enormous trees on quiet streets. Her parents were performers, singers, and grandmother sang on the radio for many years on a local Czech station in Chicago. 

     After studing music for several years my Mom sang in concert at Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago as a soloist, then she met my Dad, her prince. I remember my grandparents home full of Czech music, phenominal food and oodles of flowers, fruit and vegetables from the garden. My love of folk art painting and appreciation for brilliant colors gave me an affinity for Mexican Talavera pottery, African basketry, and Oaxacan carvings reflected in my work.  

     I adored my childhood in Walnut Creek, California. Reading in the backyard treehouse was one of my favorite pastimes, along with art classes, splashing through creeks and collecting wildlife. I was a strange wild child living in my books, and dreaming of adventure. My father's family is from Central Illinois, and the family business was furniture and remained so until 1970. 

    When my dad left the family business to find his way as a furniture salesman, finally a Vice President, our adventure began. Later in life my Irish Dad was a successful playwrite, philanthropist and Big 10, ESPN sports commentator, as an expert on Red Grange, the Galloping Ghost. 

As a youngster, my Dad often took me to the bi-annual markets, and I would roam the floors of furniture and art, one after another, absorbing what was to be unveiled to the American public; Interior design was an essential part of my life from a young age. I learned basic design rules, the importance of color, room composition and lighting from both my parents, essential to any artist.      

     We moved often while I was growing up, and so I became an adult wanderer, cris-crossing the country and living in many locations in the U.S., including Walnut Creek, California, Edina, Minnesota, Highland Park, Texas, Santa Barbara, California, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Del Ray Beach, Florida. I have lived on a 5900 acre cattle ranch, beach houses on the West Coast and East Coast, a ski town, a park filled suburb and a highrise overlooking downtown Dallas, Texas. It has been a mysterious and wondrous adventure, with more delights and some tribulation.

     Each of the places I lived influenced my creative process; artists are a fusion of sights and sounds, colors and patterns that impact their choice of compositions and subject matter. My first visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, was in 1996 and I knew I had found my forever home. The brilliant blue skies, desert vistas, and sunflowers said, "Land of Enchantment" and melted my heart. I decided to settle in Santa Fe in 2018. I found a home and studio in Rancho Viejo de Santa Fe, just south of the city with views of the mountains and a peaceful garden. 

     The silence seeps into my bones, and the solitude allows me to make magic on canvas. Santa Fe is truly a "city different" and an oasis of beauty in a busy world. Let me share my art with you in your home and help you create an oasis of calm and peace, joy and beauty. Oh, and the saying, "Patience Brings Roses" comes from my Babi. Patience and practice are guiding principles in my studio and in life.

Anthony & Betty Faikus, 1945-46 Pilson Park, Chicago, IL

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