Oil Painting Artist & Art Instructor – Lois Payne
Oil Painting Artist & Art Instructor – Lois Payne was born in Illinois, in the middle of corn country and in the middle of a farming community. She does not remember a time when she was not drawing something!
As an only child, drawing was a way to pass time and Lois was interested in everything around her. She even used her drawings to help her get better grades in school. Teachers thought she was smarter than she was because she appeared to know so much about the subject of art. In high school, Lois had an art teacher who encouraged her interest in painting and drawing. Lois also painted in Acrylic but decided to paint in Oil because of its advantages over Acrylics painting at a later time.
Lois married in her mid twenties and for Christmas, her husband gave her a “starter” oil set. That was the beginning of her obsession with painting. She found a teacher and spent as much time as she could with her. When her teacher died, she started teaching the neighborhood children who would come and watch her in the garage. The local school in the Ventura County School District had little to no art offered and Lois offered to teach her daughter’s class, which lead to requests from other teachers.
Before she knew it, she was teaching 12 hours a week as a professional art instructor. Lois resigned from the school district because her after school class size grew to over 40 students.
Many students and many years later, Lois still teaches art, specializing in oil painting. She feels that teaching has made her art better, in addition to allowing her to share her passion with others.