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Guest Artists for the 18th Annual Art Jubilee Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hector Cobos

Hector Cobos working on pottery

Mid winter 2002 and the aroma of coffee filled the brisk room. A tall man with a deep voice and broken skin on his hands and fingers calls unto me for help with chairs placed around him; that day my views changed and my path re-directed. What appeared a simple demonstration would depict my future and become a lifestyle. Mesmerized by mud taking shape before me, dirt dug up out of the earth to fulfill its purpose of becoming a vessel; I was astounded.

While in High School, I found an interest in the arts and was inspired by collegiate artists who would visit and demonstrate their work. Since then I have studied under living legends and achieved my undergraduate studies in Fine Arts from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

I am an artist in the Paseo Art District where I also live, work and display ceramic art. I am truly blessed to be where I am and fortunate to create art for a living. My work has been displayed nationally and in galleries throughout the nation.

Working in clay is a personal necessity for self-expression and often an escape from the busy world around me. May the work of my hands be noticed as not just clay, but movement which triggers creative thoughts for the individual.

I am Hector Cobos Leon, a potter, a ceramic Artist.

Kristy Patterson

Kristy Patterson

I am a lifelong artist and a third generation resident of the Oklahoma Panhandle. My grandfather homesteaded North of Guymon over a hundred years ago and our family still owns that precious land. Much of the inspiration for my artwork comes from my childhood, family and keepsakes.

I attended a small, country school called Unity where my love of art blossomed. Living on a remote farm on the prairies of Oklahoma gave me lots of alone time to create. I later graduated from Guymon High School and from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a commercial art degree.

I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t create with whatever I had nearby – paper, fabric, mud. I sold my first drawing when I was eight years old which was a portrait I drew of a local rancher while sitting at a cattle auction with my father. I’ve been a working artist ever since and now call my studio Flying Shoes Art Studio. My studio name was inspired by a song by Townes Van Zandt called “Flying Shoes” which some consider to be rather melancholy but I think it describes transformation to a better life or place. I feel that way when I am creating art – I am transformed and transported – my feet don’t touch the ground anymore and I fly.

I have been and continue to be a full time, public high school art teacher. I’ve taught for 17 years after varied careers from police officer to social work but all the while, I continued to be a working artist. As an art teacher I have been driven to become proficient in as many different mediums and styles as I can for the benefit of my students. I really don’t have a preferred medium and while developing these skills and doing all sorts of unusual commissioned artworks I have built a very diverse and chaotic portfolio. It was challenging to find a distinct style or voice in my life’s work.

My studio was catapulted into the spotlight around 2010 thanks to the worldwide magic of the internet. About four years earlier after my children had moved on to establish their own homes, I decided to push myself to build up an inventory of unified drawings and start seeking out places to show my work. To help me reach that goal, I began a blog about my work. I never imagined back then that these choices would change my life. My little blog www.blogspot.com/flyingshoesstudio generates over a 1,000 views per day which amazes me. I don’t post with much routine and I include personal and classroom experiences.

The other online platform that helped to attract attention to my work was Pinterest. Pinterest was in it’s infancy when I first started post my artwork and now my work is reposted thousands of a times each day. I have been showing my artwork at shows as far away as New York or Oregon and had people remark that they have seen my work online and have been pinning my work on Pinterest.

Thanks to all this online attention, I have sold prints and originals of my work across the globe. In 2012 I opened an Etsy shop just to sell Giclee prints and since that time I have sold my arwork on every continent. It’s unbelievable to imagine that I sit in my little studio in rural Oklahoma and have customers from around the world.

I am thrilled to have been represented by lovely galleries in Santa Fe, San Antonio and Durango but I currently have gathered all my gallery inventory so I can sell it directly at art shows and festivals. Starting in the spring I typically travel to 8 major, juried shows across the United States. My husband and I start planning our spring and summer shows with the goal to travel around the country to visit beautiful, exciting new places.

My current series of nostalgic, mixed media drawings done directly on antique dictionary pages is what has become my current artistic voice and identity. I just stumbled upon the idea of drawing on discarded dictionaries and have experimented over the years to develop a process to draw on books published 150 years ago with extremely thin, fragile papers. After all these years, I have discovered a type of artwork that really suits my personality, experiences, profession and one that continues to be popular with art collectors. I marvel at correspondence I receive from fellow teachers and art students around the world who ask me about my dictionary drawings and seek advice on how to replicate my process.

I love art. I love teaching art. I love being a working artist and even with my studio becoming a fulltime business I still find endless joy, therapy, escape and purpose while I fly in my studio. I’m living my dream.