Spotlight Member: Barbara Mathewson

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Q: Tell us about you? 

I am 1 of 7 children born and raised in St. Louis, MO. I attended Harris Stowe College and received my Masters from the University of MO in St Louis. I have 3 daughters and 3 stepchildren,14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. I taught 5th through 8th grade for 9 years before moving to Omaha. I was a substitute teacher for several years. Eventually, I became a restaurant manager for Bakers Supermarkets, working there for 18 years and even did some of their commercials! 

Q: Tell us about your history with Omaha Artists, Inc? 

I joined OAI about 7 years ago. I love the Fun Shops and the opportunity to hang my pictures in different galleries. The people in OAI are friendly and I look forward to our time together. 

I am the Chair of the Courtesy Program, sending cards to those who need congratulations, praise, or encouragement. These cards are made by the members of OAI – we meet and make these cards every November. A side note: should you wish a card sent to someone in need of condolence, praise or encouragement please contact me! 

Q: Tell us your art story 

I have always loved art…unfortunately, I have had no formal training. At first, I would take a photo of a house and transfer it to cotton. Then I would embroider the entire picture: I sold many of these. My favorite medium is watercolor. My inspiration comes from anywhere. I do not actively market my pictures. They are like my children! 

Q: What is a little-known fact about you? 

I am a cancer survivor of 31 years! 

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

In my spare time, I love watching nature and taking photos. I love quiet time but, enjoy watching the Cardinals play baseball. I love doing things with the grandkids but, the Covid-19 has drastically reduced our time together. 

Q: What are your travel experiences? 

I have traveled most of the United States, Canada and Paris, France. 

Q: What are you known for? 

I am known for my helpfulness and playful sarcasm. 

Q: What skills would you like to learn? 

I am eager to learn anything having to do with art. 

Q: Has anything or anyone changed your life? 

My children, my students. They taught me to keep a sense of humor and to be patience. 

Q: What is your favorite quote or saying? 

Favorite quote: “We are not given a good life or a bad life. It is up to us to make it good or bad”.