5/14 Artist of the month

Wanda Burch has been selected as the artist of the month for May at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Her paintings are on display in May during regular library hours.

According to Burch, her early life provided a stong foundation for her fine art career. She grew up on a farm west of Clovis, and at age 9 her mother, Frances Blackburn, enrolled her in a 4-H Club, starting the process of helping her develop her artistic ability, she said. She has tried many forms of art and enjoyed them, just skipping from one to another, always looking for a new challenge.

In 1972 an artist friend, Martha Bacon Wade, insisted that she enroll in her art class. With a lot of hesitation, she decided to give it a try, according to Burch.

Other than her personal art studies, she has studied in Albuquerque with well-known artist Walter Bambrook and Leona Turner from the University of New Mexico, Ted Hogsett and Mary Benedict from Southwestern School of Art. In Clovis she has studied with Virginia Gregory, Bobby Wied and Bruce DeFoor at Clovis Community College. She works in oil and watercolors.