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Idaho Museum Acquires Work by Santa Fe Artist Annie O'Brien Gonzales
Two Gonzales paintings to be featured in The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho’s year-end exhibition
By: Matthews Gallery
Gonzales was born in Oklahoma in 1947. Though she showed early signs of artistic talent, she studied nursing at the University of Oklahoma and worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner until she moved to Oregon in 1979.
“I was always looking for a way out of that hospital job,” says Gonzales. She enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Oregon State University and studied painting and art history, but a change in circumstances lead her to a teaching career at medical schools. She got her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Northern Colorado in 1997.
“My kids were out of the house by then, so I got frustrated because I was really wanting to get back into art,” Gonzales says. In 2006, her husband suggested they move to Santa Fe so that she could pursue an art career. “I feel so fortunate that I took the leap, and that I moved to Santa Fe where there are so many inspiring artists,” she says.
The artist’s vibrant still lifes, landscapes and abstract paintings have graced the walls of Santa Fe's Matthews Gallery (http://thematthewsgallery.com) since 2010, and have made their way into private collections across the country. This winter Gonzales will receive yet another honor with her museum debut. New Acquisitions from TAM’s Permanent Collection (http://www.theartmuseum.org/
Page Updated Last on: Sep 22, 2013