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ouston artist Sarah Caton Wynne, a Tyler native, is receiving national recognition for her beautiful portraits and landscapes. IN Magazine recently caught up with her to find out how her East Texas upbringing has shaped her art and what’s next in her career.
IN: Tell us about your ties to East Texas.
My story begins in East Texas. I was born in Tyler and lived there until I graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1994. I am proud to be a Tylerite and still get back to visit my father and step-mother, Robert and Betty Caton, my paternal grandmother, Jean Caton, and maternal grandmother, Ann Clapp. Also, my aunt and uncle, Janie and Matt Clapp, live close to Tyler in Lindale. I worked at Janie’s Cakes (owned by her aunt) while in high school. If you haven’t tasted her cakes yet, you should! They are amazing, as is Janie. I have wonderful memories growing up in Tyler. While in high school, I played on the Robert E. Lee varsity volleyball team and was a varsity cheerleader. I also enjoyed participating in the Texas Rose Festival, both as a train-bearer to Queen Jane Hartley in 1983 and as a ladyin-waiting to Queen Martie Wolf in 1995. I was most recently in Tyler for my 20-year high school reunion and got to catch up with many former friends.
IN: Who are some of your earliest art influences? Two of my favorite art teachers are from Tyler. My love of art was ignited at a very young age by Carolyn Shaw. I remember how excited I would become each week when I was able to visit her home for my art lesson. My daughter still carries the Halloween basket I made of molded and painted clay with Ms. Shaw. My artistic talent was nurtured at Robert E. Lee by an all-time favorite teacher of mine, Daphna Lilienstern. She used to take a bright oil pastel or paint to what I viewed as a “finished” piece of work. That always shocked me, but she taught me how unexpected color can give life to artwork. I think of her each time I add hot pink or bright orange
September/October 2015 | INMagTexas.com
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