A field of bluebonnets and a winding gravel road are favorite themes in paintings by Sue Whitis.She also is adept at painting live oak trees and skies that look very real. She has studied with Bob Wygant, Frank Covino, Doug Prine, Clyde Aspevig and Jim Wilcox. Her work is exibited at Highland Arts Guild & Gallery in Marble Falls.

Sue grew up on a ranch near Lampasas under the influence of her naturalist and artist mother, Yula Parker. Childhood projects included learning names of Texas wildflowers, birds and insects. In 1983, Whitis began painting alongside her mother, partly for companionship. But soon, her oils began to draw as much attention as her mother's delicate watercolors.

Her love of ranch life is balanced with her painting. She raises cattle, goats, chickens and peafowl. She has been known to bottle feed, in her kitchen, baby goats which were rejected by their mothers. Included in her menagerie are four dogs, five burros and twelve cats. Her son, Lewis Cox, built her ranch house south of Lampasas, where she pursues her hobby of identifying birds and butterflies. She has travelled all over the United States, as well as Mexico, Peru and Holland, where she is always on the lookout for another painting site.


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