One is self taught and another a longtime art teacher as artists are starting to get lined up for the next Fifth Friday Artwalk in downtown Pauls Valley.

Among the artists set for the March 29 artwalk is Candace Abernathy of Yukon and Paul Walsh, who is a former art teacher in nearby Sulphur.

Abernathy, painting off and on since she was eight years old, retired three years ago to paint full-time.

“My medium is acrylic paint,” Abernathy says.

“I love color, it seems to add strength and a boldness to my landscapes and portraits. However, I do paint also with more muted tones when it adds more drama to the subject.”

She describes her style of art as mainly modern western.

After graduating with two art degrees Walsh served in the Army during the Vietnam War, before returning to central Oklahoma.

He taught art in public schools for 40 years, including his last 35 at Sulphur High School.

Walsh recently retired and now paints full-time.

“The winters here in southern Oklahoma are the best of both worlds,” Walsh says.

“Our numberless greens are changed into a myriad of ochers and browns. The landscape, to me, becomes richer in texture and a warm melancholy provides a much needed slowing of life.

“We have an interesting variety of weather that makes it difficult to fall into apathy. My paintings are an effort to prevent my falling into that apathy, and hopefully help others miss that dungeon.”

When Pauls Valley's next artwalk rolls around both Abernathy and Walsh are expected to display their work inside the PV Arts and Cultural Center.

More details on the artwalk, again sponsored by the Pauls Valley Arts Council, should come later as times are from 5:55 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29.

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