When you view my art, I want you to feel strong emotion. Whether you smile from the oxytocin rush of an affable woodland creature, or startle when face-to-face with Pennywise the evil clown of Stephen King’s “It”, I strive to make a primal connection. While many Madison artists will flawlessly present a pastoral scene or a lovely still life, I will be more likely to show you something that will make you catch your breath or laugh out loud. I strive to create art that will stir you (like heavy metal) verses relax you (like classical music).
From my earliest memories, I have been in love with animals. The majesty of Arabian horses, the speed and grace of Salukis, the simple lines of a raven – they are all stirring. The first artist I knew by name was a horse painter named Gladys Brown Edwards. Her Arabian subjects took my breath away. I wanted to be the little old lady in the cat eye glasses. In the 1990’s I met local painter Patty Cooper-Wells, and was inspired to take art in a different direction. She is the consummate avante garde artist, with a flair for the unusual. For many years, Cooper-Wells curated a Halloween-themed art show each October at a Madison night spot called JoeyG’s (now the Off Broadway Taproom). I always submitted the maximum numbers of pieces – which become progressively more unusual as the years went by. Following the closing of JoeyG’s , Patty and I began a tradition as featured artist in a Halloween Art Show during October at a North Vernon shop called A Perfect Day Cafe’ Working with Patty for this show is the highlight of my year.
I am one of the lucky people – I didn’t have to find Madison, I was born here (delivered at King’s Daughters’ Hospital). I grew up near the northern edge of Jefferson County, and have live in the Dupont area almost all of my life. My husband Curt Vanderbur and I have a 10.5 acre farm where we serve as stewards to a menagerie of animals (mostly rescues), including Arabians, Thoroughbreds, a goat, a mule, Salukis, cats, rats, an opossum, a skunk, and (our newest charge) a red fox. Rural southern Indiana affords us a low cost of living, beautiful geographic variation, seasons, and a spectacular and thriving Arts Community just minutes away. Why would we want to be anywhere else?
I graduated from Earlham College with a BA in Psychology and emphases in Fine Arts and The Classics. Artistically I have had a number of one-woman and two-women shows, and have garnered several awards in competition, including a Best In Show for “Friends of the Animals” in North Vernon, Indiana and an Award of Merit as well as a Purchase Award for the Wabash Valley Art Guide juried show in Terre Haute. I have completed many commissions (particularly portraits of pets, people and wildlife), but most often I create art for my own enjoyment.
Address: 11785 N 700 W., Dupont, IN
Phone: (812) 701-9986
Website: www.vanderburstudios.com or Facebook: Vanderbur Studios