Spotlight Member Section featuring Patti Kounkel
- Category: News
- Published: Mon. Sep 9, 2019
Q: Tell us about you?
A: I am originally from Dodge, Nebraska, a small town 80 miles west of Omaha. I grew up in an idyllic setting, a farm next to the town park where there was always something to investigate with many hours spent making a house in the trees or the barn. I was the youngest of four and very shy and spent a lot of time drawing. Although I had some obvious talent my parents got me organ lessons thinking I may make an occupation out of it. My later years while on a trip to Hawaii, a cousin who lived in Honolulu encouraged me to take art lessons, which I did. I will never be able to thank her enough because it opened up an entire new world for me. I learned oil painting from a man in Honolulu who had a view of Diamond Head. He spent invaluable time teaching me how to mix color. Back in the states, I attended Patricia Steven's College and really appreciated the Interior Design and Illustration classes. I lived life for a while, marrying, having two children (my biggest passions) and going thru trials and errors. In 1990 I found myself newly divorced and in need of a job. I started cleaning houses and during those years I started a business "Murals by Patricia". I always had the propensity to paint on a large scale so it was a perfect fit. I slowly grew my business and worked with Builders and Interior Designers which got me involved in many of the "Street of Dreams" and "Designer Show Houses". At this time, I switched over to acrylics because they dried faster. It was a good time for personal and artistic growth. It was very lucrative and gave me the best opportunity to help raise my children as a single parent. After about ten years I met my husband Tom, who also had children and together we have a fantastic blended family
Q: Tell us about your history with Omaha Artists Inc.
A: I retired from painting murals for the most part and looked online for an art club. I was a little nervous at my first Fun shop and Luncheon, but it didn't take long and I got to know people that I consider good friends. I've been in the club seven years and help as the Hostess with my sidekick, Carol McCall. I check out restaurants and make reservations for our luncheons. I also write the luncheon information for each newsletter. Carol collects names for those who want to attend. It's a joint effort and it's fun to be involved. I am the newly appointed chairperson for the upcoming Gala celebrating the 75 year anniversary of Omaha Artists Inc.
Q: Tell us something about you that most people do not know!
A: A little known fact (or maybe not) is I have a quirky sense of humor, some may say odd. It runs in the family. My son is actually making a living as a comedian/writer and extra in Los Angeles. It's been a life of laughter and pranks. You may be at a family gathering and someone will come out of the bathroom wearing nothing but a towel. Anything to shock your audience is the best joke of all. You just don't know what to think of this bunch I call family, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Q: What hobbies, other interests do you enjoy? Favorite vacations?
A: When I'm not painting, I am babysitting our little granddaughter. I love to clean house (weird I know). I enjoy decorating and reading spiritual books. Each year I have a large garden and enjoy canning the harvest! I play the piano, but not well...sorry mom and dad...didn't end up being the occupation they had hoped for. LOL!
My husband and I love to travel. We have a large travel trailer which we take on excursions from a few days to a month or more. We've also traveled to Europe and the UK a number of times. I loved the small medieval towns of Italy, the historic part of Prague, Ireland, Scotland. There are too many places to see and not enough time!
Q: What is a motto or saying that you live by and like or that describes you…a statement or slogan or quote?
A: The motto I live by is ...."You can't stay young forever but you can stay immature indefinitely". I do my best to uphold this sacred motto.