KEARNEY — Ingrid Finn lived in Wyoming with her husband for about 20 years where she taught school and learned how to watch — and eventually draw — wildlife.
“It was a great place to live,” said the Nebraska native. “We took four-wheelers and went up in the mountains. We did everything out there. We really loved it. We hunted and fished and did everything you could do.”
The couple relocated to Minden after they retired. Finn now volunteers at the Museum of Nebraska Art and she also paints and creates jewelry.
Art patrons can find some of Finn’s work as part of the museum’s annual “Kaleidoscope — A Benefit Gift Boutique” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Admission is free.
Finn used her experiences in Wyoming to enhance her paintings.
“We really enjoyed being there,” she said. “It was like a 20-year vacation.”
Finn will mostly sell portraits of animals and landscapes. She tries to focus on the composition of the paintings.
“I’d say that color is very important, too,” Finn said. “My artwork is very detailed. I like to know what’s in the picture and I try to stay true to what the subject is.”
She looks for realism in her subjects and in her finished paintings.
Gina Garden, marketing coordinator at the museum, sees the event as a way to find holiday gifts and to support artists.
“Some people have their lists already started and it’s a great opportunity to get unique items from local artists,” she said in a recent interview. “We’ve had a lot of success with Kaleidoscope. Over the years we’ve had a great resource of local artists that can bring different items to the museum.”
The event features the work of more than 30 artists. Many of the artists will personally attend the event.
As a painter, Finn understands the importance of meeting her customers.
“It’s very important to me,” she said. “And it’s important to see what draws the customers to the painting in the first place. That influences how you paint other works in the future. I think that feedback is important.”