Gale Vavra

I've always loved and appreciated art, but I didn't discover the talent within myself until I retired from being a school librarian in the San Diego City Schools District. I then began to take drawing and painting classes at Foothills in El Cajon. I was fortunate to find a wonderful teacher and artist, Marie Wordell, who taught watercolor classes there. Through this teacher I began to see colors and textures in nature that I hadn't noticed before. Also, I found that I liked to paint abstractly, as well as realistically. Marie Wordell occasionally gave workshops in batik, an art form that involves painting with hot wax and acrylics on rice paper. I found this style of painting to be exciting and my favorite.

Personal info: I was born in Los Angeles and spent my youth there and in Glendale. In 1959 my husband and I moved to San Diego County where we raised our three sons. Besides art, my hobbies are swimming, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with my six grandchildren.

I am a member of the Associated Fine Artists and the East County Art Association.