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#5 Vickie McMillan Hayes - Painting the Wild: An Artist's Journey

The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to excellence in the collection, preservation, and promotion of Western Heritage and the education and cultural enrichment of our diverse audiences. The Museum serves as a bridge between the past and the present, ensuring that the legacy of the American West will be preserved for the future. Western Art is as engaging and important as ever. In this podcast series, Museum Executive Direct Darrell Beauchamp visits with the artists who work in this western heritage to talk about their work, the legacy of Western Art and why talking about it is so important today.

In this episode, renowned artist Vickie McMillan Hayes shares her inspirational story about how her love for nature and her involuntary muscle movements due to her condition has influenced her unique art style. Listen in as Vickie talks about how art has deepened her connection to nature and reveals a sneak peek into her latest project at Schreiner University. The conversation also delves into the importance of networking in the art world, creativity in schools, and how art is a symbol of culture and history. Don't miss out on the insightful conversation between these two art enthusiasts! Find out more about Vickie's work and connect with her on her website and social media. Produced by the Texas Hill Country Podcast network, "It's Art. Let's Talk About It" is the perfect platform for art collectors, artists, and gallery directors who want to delve deeper into the history and importance of Western art.

Vickie shares how she discovered her passion for art at a young age, thanks to the support of her parents who saw her potential and nurtured her talent.

According to Vickie, "I was fortunate. I had parents who really saw and believed in me. They would take me to art classes. They would expose me to artists." Through this early exposure, Vickie developed a love for art that only grew as she got older.

For those who are interested in pursuing art, Vickie offers some tips based on her own experience. First, don't be afraid to try new things and experiment with different styles. Second, seek out mentors and educators who can help guide you in your journey. And lastly, never stop learning – read art books, attend workshops, and keep practicing.

So, why should you listen to this episode? If you're an artist yourself, or simply someone who is interested in the creative process, Vickie's story offers inspiration and insight into what it takes to pursue a career in art. As Darrell Beauchamp notes, "We'll talk about why talking about Western art is so important." Vickie's story is a testament to the power of art, and why it is worth preserving and promoting for future generations.


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