The Norman Transcript


April 20, 2014

Norman artist pledges to continue painting until colors fade

NORMAN — About five or six months ago, I came across an article in The Norman Transcript about local artist Almira Hill Grammer, who had a display of her work at the State Capitol.

The exhibit at the Governor’s Gallery was titled “Structural Integrities,” which included barns and other vintage buildings both rural and urban. The work is strong in color and layer and bold. There were no faded images.

I loved the work and since Hill Grammer seemed to fit the criteria of being an artist and also being mature, I called her to set up a meeting where we could talk about her art pilgrimage over the years.

At this first meeting, I thought we were going to get acquainted. I wanted to find out a little about her life and career as an artist. I explained my ambition to write articles about mature Norman artists and architects and their career and goal transformations as they matured.

She asked how I knew that she was old enough to qualify as a mature artist and I said I could not remember how I found out how old she is. She said she never shares her age, since age is a state of mind.

She said that she didn’t really set a specific lifetime goal: she only wants to continue painting what inspires her and to keep her work fresh and relevant. The scary part, she said, is putting your work out there for everyone to see because creating a painting is a very personal journey.

“I think the worse comment for me to hear is, ‘That’s an interesting piece,’ which usually means I haven’t connected emotionally with the person who is looking at my work,” Hill Grammer said.

Hill Grammer said she was asked to apply for an exhibit by the curator of the Capitol galleries by Alyson Moses Atchison, the curator of education and Capitol galleries.

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