Upon retirement from the field of education where I was an elementary and middle school teacher, Director of Gifted and Talented Programs for two corporations, Director of Goals 2000, and Director title I for the Indiana Department of Education; of I quickly returned to my lifelong passion—art.
During my childhood of growing up in the country, art provided me many hours of enjoyment. And, today, as an adult, I still experience the same fun and joy from being able to create something that is uniquely mine. I paint mostly in oils, acrylics and pastels.
Today, I try to capture the beauty found in my community, from scenes of Sugar Creek, Shades State Park, local country roads, and still life subjects from our local Farmer’s Market. I use traditional materials to capture a spontaneous dance and movement as they meet the canvas or paper. When people view my work, they see vibrant colors used with traditional uncomplicated imagery. The viewers often put a smile of their faces and tell me that my work makes them feel happy. And that is what keeps me motivated to create.
Over the past several years, I have participated in numerous art festivals such as Broadripple, Art on the Wabash, Carmel International, and Hyde Park to name a few. I also participate in regional juried exhibits such as the National Abstract Art Exhibit and the Will Vawter Art Exhibition. I was recently selected as one of several Hoosier women artists to have their art displayed at the Indiana State House for 2020, also, I had one of my paintings selected by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and the Dept. of Natural Resources to tour the state as part of their juried exhibit of Indiana historical landmarks. Currently, I am moving away from participating in outdoor festivals to more online events, most of which are through my website, aliceharpel.com.
For the past couple years, I have embarked on “Plein air” painting experiences which allows me to capture nature first hand. With this new found passion, I find that I enjoy participating in several Plein air painting events with other artists around the state.