Art is complicated. My own art is a bifurcated passion. One limb is socially conscious narratives about women and what women wear, and the other is a pure addiction to the scintillation of the observed, the beauty I see and then interpret in a graphic response. More than a printmaker, or painter, I think of myself as a maker of images.
I enjoy working at the press as well as teaching printmaking at colleges and studio workshops. It’s one of those things that allows me to dive deep into process, carving, inking and printing assorted images; to dwell in print traditions that date back to the 15th century and bring my own sensibility to each image, always with a mind for beauty and composition.
Ouida lives in Delta, Colorado after a short stay in Denver. She came to Colorado from a small New Mexican pueblo named Mesilla where she left behind a large garden with fruit trees and a historic adobe home. She is enjoying creating a new home and garden in a turn-of-the-century bungalow with space for a garden and a carriage house in the back, perfect for her re-imagined studio.
Master of Arts/ Studio Arts (Painting and Printmaking), University of Missouri Kansas City 2003
BFA Painting, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO 2000
Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh Scotland, Screen Printing workshop 2016
International Art School, Summer Session w/ Lennart Anderson, Umbria, Italy 2000
Summer workshops at Univ. So. Dakota, Vermillion in printmaking (3 summers) Papermaking, Letterpress, Solar Plate Etching, Reduction Printmaking 2004-2007
AA Fashion Design, AA Patternmaking, El Centro College, Dallas, TX 1984
49th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Evergreen, CO Fall, 2022
41st Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY 2022
Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Museum, Jonesboro, AR 2022
Coors Western Art Exhibition, Denver Colorado, 2021
Women Artists Making Their Mark, O'Hanlon Ctr. for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA 2021
Coors Western Art Exhibition, Denver Colorado, 2020
Brand 48, Works on Paper, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA 2020
Arvada Center, Arvada, CO, ‘528.0’- Printmaking exhibition, 2020
ArtGymDenver, Nude vs Naked, 2019
Palace Press, Santa Fe, NM, Poems & Prints, Poetry Broadsides, 2019
Arts Benicia, Benicia CA, In the Fields, Botanical Lore, 2018
1+1=1 Gallery,The Body, group show, 2018, Helena MT
Gallery 110, Greetings from the Anthropocene, group show, 2017 Seattle, WA
Gallery at Big Picture, Paint, Pixels and Ink, 2017, Las Cruces, NM
Parkside Art Gallery, 25th National Parkside Small Print Exhibition, 2017, U.of W. Kenosha
1+1=1 Gallery,The Body, group show, 2017, Helena MT
Artful Home, Madison WI.
Tubac Art and Gifts Gallery, Tubac, AZ
Kalisher Art Publishing, Carrboro, NC
MakeWest.com Denver, CO
Awards and Honors
Selected Visual Artist Award for all media 15th Taos Summer Writers Conference, University of New Mexico 7/2013
Selected Visual Artist Award, promotional print media, 98th Annual Membership Exhibition, California Society of Printmakers, 2011
Cover Art Award, catalog, New Mexico Book Association, 2009
Best of Category Award, in printmaking, Art Fest, Dallas, TX 2008
Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla State Monument, Mesilla New Mexico
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Federal Building, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces, NM
Academic/Professional Work Experience
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM: Adjunct Professor.
Orientation to Art (2014-present), Intro. to Printmaking (2015-2018), Drawing l (Fall 2013)
Visual Artist: Studio practice in painting and printmaking with sales in museums and galleries, retail exhibitions as well as a self-designed commerce website.
Univ. of Mo. Kansas City, summer printmaking workshop July 2017
El Paso Museum of Art, Adult classes in printmaking, Jan.2009, 2010, 2011
In Studio workshops, painting, printmaking 2004-present
(Conversations about representation or licensing of my artwork are welcome. Please contact me by email. Thank you. )