A Winfield native, Martha Fitzwater returned to her hometown fifteen years ago after teaching art in various Kansas schools since 1971. She has known she was an artist since she was a very young child, but Saturday morning art lessons with Louis Caton through her adolescence and teen years directed her to a career as an art teacher.
An admirer of the work of Charles Demuth and other American Precisionists, Fitzwater specializes in pastel and watercolor images. Now retired, she is starting to work with oil painting more. She often paints Kansas landscapes. “The colors of the seasons are remarkable. I like to reinforce the seasonal color combinations.”
Though talented in creating her images, she enjoys the interaction of teaching art to others even more. “Art gives people another means of communication, one that is often neglected in American schools,” she said. “I especially like being around people who are in the process of finding the hidden artist within them. The room is quiet. We communicate with art.”
Many of the other Gallery 1001 members credit Fitzwater as an inspiration to them in their own projects and teaching of others. She lives in Winfield where she is very involved in teaching art in various endeavors around the city, including special offerings at Gallery 1001 and at Southwestern College.
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