For her third show there, she has a diverse variety of media, including original silk paintings and a set of new mixed media portrayals of horses in bright colors. She uses paints specifically made to paint on silk, and she paints on 100-percent silk fabric. The paintings are meant to be hung, not worn. Most are small works, but one is a large wall hanging.

"I also have some watercolors that I've done, but most of those, what I've decided to do this time is to do Giclée (inkjet) reproductions of the watercolors on watercolor paper so they can be more affordable," Chance said.

She also brought some silk painting reproductions, one acrylic painting and a couple of digital photographs she shot from her home on the east side of Lake Lawtonka when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a prescribed burn on Mount Scott. One has the sun setting in the west as the flames continue to burn, while the other is a daytime picture showing the mountain engulfed in smoke.

"It went on for several days, and I watched it from my front yard," she chuckled.

"As an artist I'm interested in color and nature, and that's mostly what's represented in the show, is color and nature," she said. "I've been creating art as long as I can remember. My very youngest memories are of doing art, and I can't imagine otherwise."

"If I do prints of silk paintings, I generally print them myself on 100-percent silk fabric so it will have the same kind of sheen and look of the silk painting. If I do a print of a watercolor painting, I generally print it myself on watercolor paper so it will still have that same texture and feeling of the watercolor," Chance explained.

"The vast majority of the watercolor reproductions are plein air watercolors that I did sitting there in the (Wichita) mountains as I painted them," she said.

You can see some samples of her work at Vagabondartist.net.

The Refuge Visitor Center is at the Oklahoma 49-115 junction. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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