Wilma is a full-time, professional artist exhibiting in many one-person shows, including the Kansas Watercolor Society. She has won over 100 regional and national awards. Wilma is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society, which is a competitive, juried exhibition of paintings in aqueous media by artists residing in the United States.
Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska BA, Major Art Composite with two and three dimensional; Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, Nebraska. Attended workshops conducted by internationally known artist Jack Hines, NWS; Jessica Zemisky, PSA; Guy Coheleach, Dan Smith, Christopher Schink, NWS, WCWS, FCA; Miles Batt, AWS, NWS; Tony Van Hasselt, AWS; Judi Betts, AWS; Reynold Brown, Charles Cross, Claude Croney, AWS; William B. Schimmel, Rose Edin, MWS; Patsy Smith, NWS, KWS, NWO; Tony Couch, AAS, WW, MWS; Don Dernovich, NWS, KWS; Peter Lowe's Success Seminar and other prestigious instructors.
2011 Illustrated "Napus Seventy-fifth Celebration Cookbook" Commissioned by Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, "NAPUS" , Workshop Instructor Manhattan KA Art Center 2010, Artist-In-Resident and Workshop Instructor Guadalupe Mountains National Park 2007, Eagle Canyon Hideaway Instructor 2007, Adjunct Art Faculty for Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 2001-2006, Arrow Artist Guild Instructor 2006, Great Plains Creative Art Association Instructor 2005-2009, paintings featured in the Kansas Watercolor Society Newsletter 2004-2005, and Sand Painters Art Club Instructor. Many one-person exhibits, including exhibiting member of Kansas Watercolor Society, of which she is a signature member. Additionally, she has exhibited in Wind River Valley Artist Guild Show, Noyes Art Gallery, One Person Show Ironbrush Tattoo and Art Gallery, One Person Show Carnegie Art Center Show 2007, One Person Show Thedford Art Gallery 2005-2006, Sand Painters Art Show, Kansas Wildlife Art Series Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Saratoga Platte Valley Festival of the Arts, Wyoming Two Shot Invitational Art Show, Old West Museum Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Fort Robinson Western & Wildlife Art Show, Chadron State College Alumni Art Show, Nebraskaland Days Governor's Invitational Art Show, McCook Community College Six State Competitive 1992-1993, NPVAG Juried National Show, 1990 Illustrated "Faith, Fun and Fantasy", 1891-1988 Illustrated United Methodist Church Of Alliance Cookbook, senior one-person exhibit, exhibited member of Visions 1988-1990, exhibited member of NPVAG Five Show 1977-1978, artist-instructor Art-In, art instructor ACED, Refreshing Speaker-United Methodist Church, Art Show Judge, Art and Wildlife Slide/Public Speaker and private workshop instructor.
Award winner in show of national Scope. Third Place Wind River Valley Artists' Guild Miniature Art Show 2008, Juried honorable mention ANAC State Award 2008, Artist-In-Resident Guadalupe Mountains National Park 2007, Top 25 Finalist Wyoming Ducks Unlimited Competition 2007, Two paintings selected for runner-up awards in the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Botanical Print Competition January 2006. Juried in Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum's Annual Western Spirit Art Show and Sale 2003-2005, Nebraska Life article "Painting the Panhandle" March April 2004, Chadron State College Juried Art Exhibition 2004, Nebraska Cattleman's magazine cover September 2003, Juried honorable mention ANAC State Award 2003, honorable mention Nebraska Habitat Stamp Contest 2003, Chadron State College Juried Art Exhibition two paintings 2003, Top 40 Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition 2002, Finalist Kansas Wildlife Art Series Fort State University 2000-2001, CAC Regional Second Place 2001, exhibited at Morrill Hall University of Nebraska Lincoln Watercolor "Desire Creates Power" on loan from Dr. Paul Johnsgard Professor of Biological Sciences, Nebraska Arts Council Honors Show Governor's Mansion 1999, Juried Certificate of Excellence ANAC State Award 1999, CAC Regional honorable mention 1999, Juried Grow Nebraska 1999, Nebraska Habitat Contest honorable mention 1998, CAC Regional third place 1998, Top 40 1997 Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition, Grand Island Certificate of Merit Award 1997, CAC Regional honorable mention 1997, Gwen MacKenzie Fellowship 1996, NPVAG Five State Regional honorable mention 1996, CAC Regional Best of Show 1996, NPPD 1996 Calendar, two paintings; NPPD 1995 Calendar, Nebraska Habitat Contest honorable mention 1995, CAC Regional third place 1994, Juried Certificate of Excellence ANAC State Award 1993, second place Seven-State Regional Art Competition 1993, Nebraskaland Merit Award 1993, Finalist Nebraska Habitat Contest 1993, Kansas Watercolor Society 1993, Carnegie Arts Center Merchandise Award 1993, 1990 Illustrator "Faith Fun and Fantasy" by Frances, T.J. Majors Art Exhibit 1989, Peru State College; NPVAG National Juried Certificate of Excellence 1980, 1983; NPVAG National Juried honorable mention 1984; ANAC Juried State Award 1981, 1983, 1989 (400-500 entries); Nebraska State Fair Award 1986; Dakota Artist Guild National Art Competition 1985; NPVAG Five State Show Top General Award 1980, second place 1977; Willow Tree Festival second place 1984; Grand National Mixed and Bag Contest Award 1978; Collectors Cachet Set Design for National Association of Postmasters of the United States. Additional awards at local and regional shows, AK-SAR-BEN Good Neighbor Award, Outstanding Young Women of America.
Wilma's paintings hang in many galleries, public and private collections throughout the United States and in Paris. Seven are in the Scottish Rite Temple, commissioned by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Guadalupe Mountains National Park has one.
Signature member of Kansas Watercolor Society. Additionally, she is a member of Lions Club International, Whooping Crane Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy, and exhibitions with Ironbrush Tattoo and Art Gallery, Thedford Art Gallery, Mill Atelier Gallery, Noyes Art Gallery, Saratoga Platte Valley Festival of The Arts, Wyoming Ducks Unlimited, Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition, Two Shot Goose Hunt Invitational Art Show, Fort Robinson Western & Wildlife Art Show, Chadron State College Alumni Art Show, Nebraskaland Days Governor's Invitational Art Show, Old West Museum Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Carnegie Art Center, NPVAG, local and regional art shows.
My work has been a lifelong journey of experiences and is an expression of emotions I feel about my love of nature. Working in nature is more than an occupation — it's an inspiration. Whether I am sketching, painting, photographing, or simply observing, I am always taken by the vibrant colors with which God has illuminated this world. Mother nature is the greatest gift of all, and we need to protect it for our future generations.
My recent work focuses on impressionism — saying more with less. Even though, I'm often told "One can identify my paintings from across the room, by the use of my color palette," my subject matter is varied. Growing up in Nebraska, wintertime was a special time for me; there was something inspiring after a blizzard when I could go outside and play in the snow. I love the snow, and its reflected light which changes color constantly with the angle of the sun. It glows in the sunlight and is enchanting in the shadows. I think a good painting makes your eyes dance around the composition, each brushstroke of light and dark making a rhythm, drawing your eyes around the work. Even now, each painting is a new struggle, learning as I progress through each step. Some days every brushstroke works, and those days keep me coming back to work again and again. It's not about the painting. It's about the act of painting — the doing, the seeing, and the feeling that opens the door to something more. God has opened the door to painting for me. Painting is addicting, it gets in your soul and doesn't let go.