Barbara Dickerson's Fine Arts

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Cindy with Nathan Deal, Governor of the state of Georgia


Magnolias On Blue

Mollie's First Snow





Cindy Walker

Art Guild Membership

*Southern Heartland Art Guild since 2009

*Monroe Art Guild since 2013



Art In My Heart - Oil Paintings by Cindy Walker

     As a child and teen, I spent a lot of time sketching and using mediums such as charcoal and pastels, but fell away from that as a young adult.  Not until I was in my fifties was I introduced to oil painting when I happened on Barb’s class at the Hobby Lobby in Conyers. 

     The seven years I have spent in her class have been a wonderful time discovering oil painting, appreciating color and shapes, and even finding how therapeutic oil painting is!  

     Although I struggled a lot the first year and nearly gave up, Barb’s knowledge and patience took me from total dependence on her to the point she is now more of a mentor or counselor. Her ability to have students of varying levels of skill in each class and move from one project to another as each student works on their own painting of choice, is amazing.  

     A good way to evaluate a teacher is how much her students have grown, and I’m sure we all have - thanks, Barb!

     It took a couple of years for me to feel comfortable painting on my own at home, but by the third year I felt ready to try entering Southern Heartland’s Artful Harvest Art Show for the first time, just for the experience of doing so.  I did not place that year - or the next, but on my third try (2011), I had the big surprise of placing third in the 2D category with “Mollie’s First Snow,” a project I painted at home of my dad’s dog, since class work is not allowed. 

     The following summer (2012), my “Magnolias on Blue” took first place in the Oil category in the Monroe Summer Art Show, and I also had the honor of having a piece I did in class, “Jasper County Sunset,” selected to participate in the inaugural exhibit, Art In Georgia, hung in the executive offices of the State Capitol for six months.  

     This year (2013) after working some more on “Mollie’s First Snow,” I entered it in the Monroe Summer Art Show and placed first in the Oil category.  

     God has really blessed me with the opportunity to learn from Barbara Dickerson and to be a part of supportive art guilds;  I look forward to a future of continuing to learn and grow as an artist.

             Cindy Walker