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Shalon Wilson

A 1994 graduate of Breckenridge High School, Wilson went to Abilene Christian University on a volleyball scholarship and graduated in 1999 with a degree in biology. “By then, I realized I wasn’t going to pursue a career in microbiology, so I started to work on my master’s degree in Special Education,” she said. After teaching Life Skills classes for Breckenridge Independent School District for several years, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom when her second daughter was born. “I did that for eight years; then, I knew I wanted to go back to work,” Wilson said. She obtained an insurance license and ran an independent agency – the old Cox Insurance Agency – for three years. “Then, I decided to retire from insurance and just paint,” she said. Wilson had started painting during those stay-at-home years. She said her first experience with creating art came when her sister-in-law Lindsi Muniz asked her if she could recreate some paintings she had seen in Santa Fe that she wanted to decorate her baby’s nursery with. “I wasn’t sure how it all worked, but I didn’t want to just copy the artist’s work without talking to her first,” Wilson said. “So, I contacted Barbara Meikle, the artist, in Santa Fe, and she said, ‘You get after it; that’s how you learn.’ She was all but a big sister to me. I never really even asked her about her technique, because I didn’t know enough to ask. Then a saw a video of her using a palette knife, and I started doing that, too.” Wilson describes her artistic style as “very much impressionist. If I’m going to do the work, I want to have fun with it.”  She often works with acrylic and oil and says “sometimes I scratch out a charcoal.”

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