Alice Welton - artist
The art of Alice Welton
Artist Alice Welton was truly the most remarkable lady. Her artwork was simply stunning and you'll see several gorgeous examples of her art down the page.
Her most recent projects included wearable art and I'm sure you'll agree that her artwork is amazing.
But Alice was more than a 'mere' artist. She was a beautiful, warm-hearted girl who was full of fun and one of the happiest people I have ever met.
You'll notice that I am using the past tense. On 21st May, 2012, she decided that it was time to create her artwork (plus fun laughter and mayhem, knowing Alice!) on another plane. Cancer took her quickly and her huge, loving heart failed.But she would laugh at me and give me her cheeky grin if she thought I was being maudlin. "Show them my artwork" she'd say, grinning. OK, Alice!
Wearable art from Alice WeltonClick thumbnail to view full-size
I always thought I'd see you again, Alice
Alice and Jim Welton
This is my aboslute favorite photograph of Alice and Jim together. I imagine it's from the early 1970s. Jim was - and still is - a talented musician That little boy you see in Alice's arms inherited his parents' creative genes; Jaime is a sound engineer and well-known rock musician. This image is used with Jim's permission and can be seen on his Facebook page.
What Alice would want me to tell you
Alice was passionate about her art but she was even more passionate about her family.
One of Alice's favorite people in the world was her granddaughter, Isis.
Isis suffers from cerebral palsy. Alice would want me to ask you to donate to United Cerebral Palsy.You can read more about this organization below.DONATE HERE.
Thank you so much!
I have just heard that Alice's husband Jim has donated all her artist's supplies, including her special homemade papers, to the Nova Art School here in Fort Lauderdale.She was a passionate supporter of arts education and used to donate her time towards teaching her skills to others.
Alice Welton produced some truly incredible paintings - however latterly, she chose to work in yarn. It saddens me that we never really discussed this and I never found out exactly what her reasoning was. But I can certainly appreciate that working in yarn offers a fluidity and flexibility that is missing from a lot of artwork. A yarn art object isn't static; it changes all the time. Working with textiles has a soothing quality and beautiful artworks are created from seemingly simple materials.
How did I meet this wonderful lady?
I'm lucky enough to live in a truly gorgeous place where the sun shines all year round. It's the perfect location for outdoor markets and events.
I love the markets - selling organic foods, crafts, fresh flowers, artwork, spices and much much more. At one,I was immediately drawn to Alice's yarn art.
The next thing I heard was someone playing the guitar - it was Jim, playing Angie. Do you remember that song? If you're an old hippie like me you will.
We two old hippies started talking to the couple and it's daft to say that we were instant soulmates but we were certainly best friends at once.
We'd all meet up every week at the market and we often said that we would have to meet up and go for a meal or a few drinks together. Sadly, we never did - we were all so busy.
Further up the page I have quoted a couple of lines from the lyrics of James Taylor's Fire and Rain (another song from our mutual hippie era). That's because I thought there was plenty of time.
A valuable lesson...
Yes, the four of us were incredibly busy. We just couldn't find the time to meet up and go for that drink or meal. But that was fine - we had plenty of time. That's what I thought. I imagine we all thought that.Oh, next week, next month ... sometime in the future.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson