Meet the Artist: Charlene Dayton
Making time to make her art.
"Escaping the chaotic household of 7 children, I got lost in the beauty of the natural world. Exploring my roots, I discovered my grandfather was a self-taught artist. I now own his original pastel seascapes – a reminder to continue honing my own skills. I explored a variety of mediums in my art courses: clay, charcoal, pencil, acrylics, oil pastels. In college I earned an art minor, oil being my primary medium. Eventually I entered juried shows in my PA home town and at Thiel College featuring local talent. As a longtime resident of Rochester, I spent vacations in upper NY State canoeing, camping, swimming, hiking. I attended the Lake Placid 1980 Olympics, skiing the biathlon trails and bobsled runs used for competition. Other travels to Europe, the Pacific coast and the South West in the US have provided inspiration.
After 42 years teaching Secondary English, I now attend workshops and private instruction in watercolor techniques from local Ohio artists; I also attend independent studio sessions at Mayfield Village Community Center. Recently I joined the board of both the Evergreen Artists and Euclid Art Association, and am a member of the Geauga Arts Council.
Mediums I enjoy using include watercolor, collage, acrylics, pen and pencil. My works have been accepted at various venues: Euclid City Hall, Euclid Public Library and Lake Farm Park, Mayfield Regional Library, and Lakeland Community College."
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