The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Kathleen Packlick

Received July 30, 2012
Born 1950, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; lives in Houston

Figure 54. Kathleen Packlick, Laws and Forms of Water, 1997

Collage and paint on paper,4" × 4"

Courtesy of the artist
Collection of Cathrin Hoskinson

Photograph: Kathleen Packlick

Q Talk about the art contest you won at age six. Describe your winning entry. What did you win?

A When I was six years old, I entered my first art contest. The contest was sponsored by The Friendly Fireman TV show. The instructions were to incorporate the label of a Junket Rennet Custard box in the artwork. I did a collage using the custard label as a water trough, and I drew a pink horse running to it. My prize was an Argus 35mm camera. My parents kept the camera in their closet. I got to use it only on special occasions. I liked to take pictures of my sister Marcia, my brother Tom, and our cat, George.

Q Although your father made his living as a chef, he was also an artist. How did this affect your future?

A My father drew a lot as a kid. He would trade his drawings for candy bars. He learned to cook in the Navy. After World War II he went to art school in Boston on the GI Bill. He worked as a chef at a resort in Western Massachusetts called Jug End Barn. He met my mother there. They got married and they bought a house next to the resort. It was a pretty idyllic setting to grow up in. There was a ski slope and golf course and swimming pool in our backyard. There were a lot of characters coming and going from the resort.

My father continued with his art in the evenings and on the weekends. He mainly did pen-and-ink drawings of buildings in western Massachusetts—schools, churches, covered bridges, and historic sites. He also drew racehorses, baseball players (Babe Ruth slept in my bedroom before my parents owned the house), cats, and dogs.

At least once a year we would go to Williamstown, Massachusetts, to visit the Clark Institute, which has a wonderful collection of work by Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Turner. There was an old Italian painting of the beheading of Saint Catherine that scared and fascinated me.

My father’s hero was Norman Rockwell. Rockwell lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where my father

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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