Creative Arts Oasis Oasis: a pleasant or peaceful area or period in the midst of a difficult, troubled, or hectic place or situation.
Hi! I am Cecelia and I believe everyone can paint and make art. I also believe and know that making art is an Oasis for the Soul!
I have been creating, teaching and mentoring for over 20 years. I am passionate about helping others discover personal expression, freedom and beauty in art.
Are you ready to make art? I am your creative expression guide! My online classes are perfect for beginners and experienced creatives alike. I believe art making is for everyone of all ages and abilities! I also love to talk about art and inspire you to make more art through my Blog.
I am a creative explorer too! I paint everyday! Yes, everyday! My first love is acrylic painting. I also sketch. I dabble in watercolors. I carve my own stamps and make block prints on fabric. I even create painted paper collages too! I love art making of all kinds!
I also sell my art! See my original daily paintings along with Fine Art Giclee Prints in the Shop!
I studied art and art education at the University of Arizona and taught elementary art for over 10 years. I went on to receive a Masters degree in Education and Counseling. I am also a certified Life Coach. I have been teaching art classes to all ages, participating in juried art fairs and exhibiting in galleries for over 20 years.
I grew up in Tucson, AZ and lived in Waukesha, WI for 15 years. I love the desert Southwest and the woods and lakes of the North. My art is inspired by my love and experience of these two places.
My hope is that you will discover that art can be your Oasis, whether you are creating it or simply appreciating it on your walls! Let's Create Together! ~Cecelia
More about Cecelia... Education 2014 Masters in Counseling, Concordia University, Wisconsin 2012 Certified Life Coach, World Coaching Institute 2010 Masters in Education, Carroll University, Wisconsin 2004 Certificate in Floral Design, Floral Design Institute 2002 BFA Visual Art and Art Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Art Teaching Experience 2013-Present Owner, Teaching artist, Creative Arts Oasis Art School, In Person and Online 2016-2018 Teaching Artist Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI 2016-2018 Teaching Artist Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Brookfield, WI 2016-2017 Teaching Artist, Waukesha Parks and Recreation Program, Waukesha, WI 2014-2015 Teaching Artist Arts for All, Waukesha Library, Waukesha, WI 2013-2015 Teaching Artist Pewaukee Parks and Recreation Program, Pewaukee, WI 2006-2013 Art Teacher, Lake Geneva School District, Lake Geneva, WI 2003-2005 Art Teacher, Desert Willow Elementary, Vail School District. Tucson, AZ
Art Experience/Juried Exhibitions 2020 Member Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery 2019 Florals in the Garden, Solo Exhibition, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, WI 2018 Cocktails, Solo Exhibition, Inspiration Gallery, West Allis, WI 2018 Solo Exhibition, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, WI 2017 Solo Exhibition, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, WI 2016 Artist in Residence, rain barrel painting, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha, WI 2016 & 2017 Member's Show, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI 2016 Artist in Residence, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI 2016 Artists in the Garden, League of Milwaukee Artists Group Exhibition, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, WI 2014, 2015, 2017 Member's Show, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI 2014 Colors of Summer, Group Exhibition, The Springs Gallery, Waukesha, WI 2014 Living the Dream, Successfully funded Kickstarter Project 2013 Waukesha Guitar Town Artist, Painted guitar on display at Good Harvest Market, Waukesha, WI 2013 Featured Artist, Good Harvest Market 2012-2013 Represented by Willows Gallery, Oconomowoc, WI 2012 Guest Artist, Donna Lexa Community Arts Fundraiser 2005 The Desert Museum Art Institute Student Exhibition, Ironwood Gallery, Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
Juried Art Fairs 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Mount Mary Starving Artists Show, Milwaukee, WI 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Cedarburg Cultural Center Strawberry Festival, Cedarburg, WI 2016, 2017, 2018 Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI 2016, 2017, Rockford Art Museum, Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, IL 2017 Museum of Wisconsin Art, Art and Chalk Fest, West Bend, WI 2016, 2017 Lake Country Festival of Art, Delafield, WI 2016 Art Fair on the Square, Bloomington, IN
Artist Memberships 2020- Present Southern Arizona Arts Guild 2015-2020 Milwaukee Artist Resource Network 2018-2019 Wisconsin Visual Artists 2017-2019 League of Milwaukee Artists 2016-2017 Women Artists of the West 2016-2018 Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople