A. Cecilia Hiebner
The unexpected surprises those watercolors medium offers have been for me an exciting adventure to pursue. I was born in Quito, Ecuador and graduated with BA degree in English as a Foreign Language at Central University of Quito, the capital. Upon my arrival to the United States with my husband, a Nebraskan Peace Corps volunteer, I completed my BA and MA degrees in Spanish at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. We have two sons, Andrey and Diego who are engineers living in Kansas City and Seattle.
Middle School endorsements and art courses at the University of Nebraska enabled me to teach Elementary Art, and at the same time Spanish at O’Neill Public School, in O’Neill, Nebraska. I received training in Visual Creativity with Technology from the Art Institute at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In O’Neill, I joined local art clubs And the State Art Association. I won a number of “Best of Show” at the local level and awards and honors at the state level.
My full time teaching jobs were my priority in O’Neill over the years and in Omaha for the last seven. But, now that I have retired from full time teaching, and with my part time job as Spanish Adjunct Instructor at Metro Community College, I am finding time to return to painting watercolors.
The exposure to different watercolorists and styles has shaped my own approach to this medium. A special corner, an unusual view, a sudden feeling, a captured emotion, a treasured moment or an instant sentiment have been my inspiration for themes in my work. Through the choice of colors in my paintings, I intend to engage the viewer with an instant emotional response.
In addition to painting and drawing, I enjoy reading, writing, photography, and traveling to other countries where I collect material for my paintings.