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
Alegria #1, Annie O'Brien Gonzales, Matthews Galle
Alegria #1, Annie O'Brien Gonzales, Matthews Galle
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SANTA FE, N.M. - Sept. 21, 2013 - PRLog -- Matthews Gallery artist Annie O’Brien Gonzales ( spent most of her life as a nurse practitioner and college professor, but for the last seven years she’s lived in Santa Fe and worked as a painter. Despite her success here, she was surprised when The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho ( acquired two of her paintings this fall. From November 14 to December 28, the works will appear in the museum’s New Acquisitions from TAM’s Permanent Collection exhibition.

“It’s unbelievable,” Gonzales says. “It’s certainly nothing I would have ever thought about doing.” The museum selected the artist’s abstract works Alegria #1 and Acequia #2 for their collection. The oil paintings feature the bright, expressive palette and bold patterns that Gonzales has experimented with since she moved to New Mexico in hopes of becoming a professional artist. The career move was a lifetime in the making.

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 ( 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 ( runs from November 14 to December 28 at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho.
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