El Progreso Memorial Library’s artist of the month for May is Uvaldean Dolores Gutierrez, 67, a self-taught painter specializing in oils.
“I try all different techniques,” she said. “I really started with watercolors. Watercolors would be easier, but oils are brighter.” Gutierrez has been painting for the last 30 years.
She enjoys the time necessary to work with her chosen medium. Though oil paints take longer to dry, “I have patience for it,” she said. “To me, the acrylic dries real fast. If I make a mistake [using acrylic], it’s hard to correct.”
A wide range of her work is on display at the library, including nature and still-life. In time for Cinco de Mayo, the display especially focuses on Gutierrez’s Latin heritage. “My art interest and inspiration are my Hispanic culture, my faith and my country,” she said.
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