Artist Paula Prather Woody's collection of oil paintings, watercolors and mixed watermedia reveals the artist's love of nature and the beauty of God's creation. The collection brings springtime blossoms into the heart of the library in a collection she describes as nature impressions.
"I grew up in an orchard community in Shawtown," said Woody. "I attended college at the University of Tennessee at Martin and moved to Memphis. I lived there 29 years, rearing family and have moved back to my grassroots and built a house on family land."
"When my youngest child entered first grade, I cried all day the first day and signed up for Beginning Oil class the second day," said Woody. "That's how I got started. I went to one class and I was hooked. I spent five years in oil and one year in watercolors and, after that, I studied with various artists in Memphis."
Once bitten by the art bug, Woody was very active in the Memphis art community. She is a member of the Jackson Art Association and a past member of the Memphis-Germantown Art League, the Huntsville Association of Community Artists, the Santa Rosa Beach Cultural Arts Association and other art societies. She has exhibited in numerous juried art shows in the Mid-South area. Her work is displayed in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States and other parts of the world.
Residents are invited to view the exhibit, which includes Ladies in Waiting, Cool Falls, Panorama, Bursting in Bloom, Ladies in Red, Dress Rehearsal, Shawtown in April and Song of the South, through end of April.
Woody paints and teaches both oil and watercolors in her home studio, Apple Blossom Arts, in Troy. Those interested in purchasing a painting on display at the library may contact Woody at (731) 538-3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.