Retro Portraits ShowOpens Oct. 30, 1:30-3:30pm through Nov. 26, 2016 Poway Center for the Performing Arts , 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064
Simple Portrait Class Catapults Retiree to Worldwide Fame!
With an ever curious zeal for learning, Nita Draut wanted her retirement to contain new challenges. So, armed with crude stick figures, pencils and paper, she showed up for Master Sandra Angelo's Portrait College.
"Do you think I have potential? I'd like to learn how to draw portraits of my family and friends." Nita queried.
Little did she know; destiny had led Nita to the right Master. Specializing in working with the "undeveloped artist", Rhode Island School of Design granted Sandra Angelo a Fellowship Award because of the stunning results she gets from the novices in her Portrait College.
"You are in the right place Nita," replied the Master, and a new chapter began; one that would spread Nita's iconic fame to five continents.
Using Sandra's simplified system, before long Nita was deftly depicting retro figures, with the humble graphite pencil used by the Old Masters. Its precision allowed Nita to jazz up the scenes and add minute details with jaw-dropping accuracy. Within months, she was walking away with top awards, landing in national magazines, newspapers and her work was even featured on national TV and international webinars.
Now at 90, Nita has completed more than 500 lifelike drawings so on October 30, Nita Draut has been invited to open a solo exhibition at the Poway Performing Arts Center where she will showcase 90 portraits of the past in celebration of her 90th birthday.
Draut hopes that her realistic pieces “will escort you on a sentimental excursion down memory lane, capturing your imagination with the hidden stories represented in each unique portrait.” The show will include storytelling pieces of days gone by from World War II pilots to girls in lettermen's jackets, to soldiers, baseball players and babies; scenes that evoke nostalgia that is often compared to Norman Rockwell's Americana.
When asked why she only uses a pencil Nita replies,
“A child from a black and white era, I prefer working in graphite it transports the viewer back in time." Draut says. Photos were black and white and so was TV and the world was a simpler place. That's the mirror I want to hold up to that world.
The Way We Were – Turning Moments into Masterpieces
Growing up in a bygone era with black and white TV and sepia photos, Nita brings old fashioned nostalgia to her art by drawing only with the graphite pencil.
“Black and white art reminds me of a listening to radio shows, as I envisioned the stories in my mind. My hope is that my art will trigger sentiments in the recesses of your memory vault and help you wander back down your own memory lane."
And with a memory as sharp as a tack, Nita is a walking history book who can regale you with stories of life growing up on a farm growing her own food as well as her journey west to eventually call San Diego home.
What would happen if Gramma Moses finally signed up for drawing lessons?
The art world will find out when renowned 90-year-old portrait artist Nita Draut opens her solo exhibition this October. Going from pitiful stick figures to powerful portraits at the world renownedPortrait College, Nita Draut's art work has landed here countless awards and international acclaim.
With impeccable Realism and sentimental themes, 90-year-old portrait master Nita Draut has been invited to open a solo exhibition of her portraits from the past entitled "The 'Norma' Rockwell of Our Time - Vintage Portraits of a Bygone Era” (Opening October 30, 2016, 1:30-3:30 p.m at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in San Diego, California).