This gallery is a virtual archive of the many fascinating works designed, created, and enjoyed by my mother, Carla Sue Rucker Nix.
Carla launched her serious painting 'career' while in New York City, after marrying Joe. This was the skyline view from their first New Jersey apartment.
This was the view from the kitchen window of the NYC apartment where Rebekah grew up... 525 E 85th Street, Manhattan.
I know this was completed in NYC because Joe told a story about not selling it to one of the top officers at Equitable Life Assurance (where he worked) - because he liked it!
I was surprised to find these abstracts in Carla's collections. She was very good in using the palette knife to add dimension and 'life' to images. I'm sure they were guided by technique lessons.
Many of her lessons were on still life painting. We have several variations on the bottle theme that show trials with color and light.
... and more texturing.
Carla used many personal items for the props. In this painting, I recognize the wooden bowl and pitcher.
Magnificent in their own right as functional art, several large copper pieces were some of her favorite subjects.
I really love the essence of this 'unfinished' work. It's a much larger version of a smaller, definitely finished work.
This piece was probably done in the late 60s or early 70s. We were honored to donate it to the October 15, 2009 Art Show to further their mother’s dedication to the work of New Friends New Life.
My favorite floral is small, but really captures one's attention. I think this is why I enjoy my zinnia garden so much... memories from childhood rekindled on finding this piece.
I was thrilled to recognize the pewter syrup in this piece... and to display it with seasonal zinnias nearby. Carla's work was true to form!
This multimedia work hung in our Miramar breakfast room and then in the farmhouse kitchen. The blue check is the backing of the assorted everyday items in the display cabinet.
Carla decorated her Hope Chest years after marriage obviously. This is the main front view with the immediate NIX family tree - five hearts all along!
Carla commemorated the American Bicentennial on the left end. Born in 1935, her parents originally had filled this Hope Chest with glassware from the 1936 Texas Centennial celebration.
The right end of the Hope Chest portrays our second house (1974ish-1984ish) in Highland Park, a 1919 Texas farmhouse - complete with coal in the basement and a dance hall on the third floor!
Carla studied heraldry and researched the Rucker coat of arms that she did in pencil here.
Carla researched the Kincaid coat of arms, as she drew it here in pencil.
Carla also researched the Nix coat of arms shown in pencil here, and also stitched in needlepoint.