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After becoming a professional artist several years ago, I am again honored to be chosen as the featured artist for October and November for the Jefferson City Art Club. During that time, I will be the official spokesperson for the club.

In October, I am scheduled to be interviewed on the Jefferson City Arts TV program.

Multi-talented, I play a 12-string guitar, write non-typical gospel music, sing, guest speak and write poetry. I sing the songs I have written, and I sing and speak at churches and other organizations. The Missouri Department of Conservation has asked for the second year in a row to hang my art at the Runge Nature Center, which is by invitation only.

I come from a very talented family of musicians. I was born in the country outside of Belle, Missouri. I was born into a family who loved music. My grandpa played the violin, and my mother and cousins played banjos and guitars. I quickly started singing and playing the guitar at age 6. Later, I began writing non-typical gospel songs. I've twice been invited to sing in our Capitol in Jefferson City.

I have three children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. I was a legal secretary for the Juvenile Justice System for Franklin, Gasconade and Osage counties under Presiding Judge Lawrence Davis, who would later become a federal judge.

This experience also made a difference in who I am today. Little did I know I would become an artist and dearly love it later in life.

After the tragedy of losing my son, my mother encouraged me to buy art materials of all kinds and learn to paint. To my surprise, I discovered I was actually good at painting and it was good emotional therapy.

I joined the Mid-Missouri Art Club in Washington, Missouri, and won first place in my very first contest. I have an art studio in my home where I paint often, and I really enjoy the art shows I enter. My beloved husband is my biggest supporter and a good art critic. We recently built a new home and are settling in near family.

I love people and life. Heartache and sorrow are a part of life, but I am an optimist and am always looking for the silver lining.

My favorite medium is oil. Snow scenes and horses are my forte.

Most days, if I'm not at a grandchild's birthday or a family gathering, you'll find me in my art studio at home with a paintbrush in my hand and maybe paint on my nose, with my husband pointing it out to me.

I always say God has been good to me.

I also speak to groups on many topics in various locations, including ladies' groups, churches, Celebrate Recovery, homeless centers, addiction centers and grief classes.

Not long ago, I was asked to speak on Career Day at the Regional Catholic High School, in Washington, Missouri. That was very rewarding to influence young adults as they embark on their next step in life.

My art is as diverse as I am. I paint mountains, homes, warm moonlit scenes, portraits, horses and just about everything. I've been told horses must be my favorite because I seem to paint a lot of them and am known for my horse paintings at my art club.

I've been commissioned to paint homes, barns and even wedding portraits. I'm willing to try and paint just about anything. I love to paint things that touch my heart.

I love nature, sun rises, full moons and all of God's Earth. Watching my family enjoy life with my husband makes my heart smile.

I have never taken art or music lessons. I am quick to tell everyone that God is the giver of my gifts. I truly enjoy the Jefferson City Art Club —they welcomed me with open arms and several took me under their wings and have helped me stretch to become the artist I am today.

It is my honor to be chosen as the spokesperson for the Jefferson City Art Club. Our club is a great asset to Jefferson City and the surrounding area. Many different events are offered throughout the year for youth, amateurs and professional artist of all kinds, including sculpting, photography and painting.

The Jefferson City Art Club is for anyone who would like their wholesome art displayed to the public. Everyone was so warm, helpful and encouraging. I sincerely encourage anyone interested in becoming a member to call Sue at 573-619-1924 or email her at [email protected]

Dianna Fowler is a Belle native who will be the featured artist for the Jefferson City Art Club in October and November.

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