fig. 19: Thank God for the Clouds
© Alyce Frank, 36x48", 1996, oil
My first artistic experience was being born in New Iberia, Louisiana, where Tabasco sauce is made. I moved often when I was growing up: to Los Angeles, Tulsa, and finally to Chicago, where I attended the University of Chicago. I was admitted early, entering after my sophomore year of high school. After college I returned to Los Angeles and attended the University of California (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC) for a year and a half. In 1953 I married Larry Frank, a film-maker, and worked with him producing and editing educational films for nine years. We moved to New Mexico in 1962, where we have lived ever since.
Our interests changed from film-making to collecting and dealing in Indian artifacts. We live in an adobe building built by the Penitentes in 1852 for their religious rites. The morada, as it is called, now houses the largest collection of New Mexican santos in private hands.
Meanwhile, I had three children, and while they were young I helped Larry with his Indian art business. In 1973 I began taking painting lessons with Ray Vinella in Taos. I studied with Ray for four years and gradually began to spend more and more time painting. In 1981 I took a landscape workshop taught by Bob Ellis, then a professor at the University of New Mexico, at the D.H. Lawrence Ranch near Taos. I joined this workshop every summer for six years.
In 1982 I had my first show at the Little Plaza Gallery, which later became Sena Galleries East. In 1986 I was selected for the master class with Richard Diebenkorn at the Santa Fe Institute of Art. I have been in many other workshops since.
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