Edwina moved with her parents to Bakersfield in 1959. She always loved animals of all kinds and spent her time learning to draw them. While attending East High School Edwina continued learning different art techniques in classes and joined with local artists to participate in several side-walk art shows sponsored by Cunningham Memorial Art Gallery. She also became friends with Barbara Fiser, a local wildlife artist and benefited from her instruction in that genre.
After graduation from EB in 1967, Edwina attended BC ,. Clayton Rippey was her favorite instructor and he taught her to expand her use of color and knowledge of anatomy in her art work. . Her senior art show at Cal State Bakersfield consisted of several wildlife drawings and three life-size fiber glass casting of the human body. Edwina was in the first graduating class at Cal State Bakersfield earning a BA in 1971..
Edwina joined the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and served through 1982 where she attained the rank of Captain. She was a “Training and Audiovisual Support Officer” serving tours at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California; and Marine Corps Air Station Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii.
Edwina spent many off-duty hours enjoying Plien Air painting. In particular, she enjoyed her tour at Camp Pendleton. She supervised the West Coast Motion Picture and Television Unit and trained Marine Combat Photographers and Artists. She found personal time for drawing and painting and became a member at the new Wild Animal Park in Escondito, CA where She spent many hours Plein Air painting in the park studying the wild animals and birds in their natural settings,
After completing her service in 1982, Edwina returned to Bakersfield and spent several years in commercial video production broadcasting in several capacities.
She then began a 25- year career with the Kern County and Bakersfield Fire Departments where she led the audiovisual division documenting incidents, training and public interest events and producing training materials in various media. The highlight of her career was participating in the live international television coverage and broadcast of the historical Spaceship One Ansari X Prize, the world’s first private piloted flights into space that took place at Mojave Space Port and Air Field in 2006
Since retiring in 2011, Edwina has enjoyed getting back to painting and drawing and leisure photo outings. She is presently studying silk art with fellow high school friend, Kathy Schilling! (It is, indeed, a small world)!
OIL (Framed) 16 x 20"