Paige Bridges Friend of AOT
Vintage Travel Tralier Art
I was born and raised in West Virginia, and attended Marshall University (be sure to see the movie "WE ARE MARSHALL!") as a fine art major. After college I wound up in Van Zandt County, Texas as a young mother and homemaker. With the birth of my third child, a personal decision was made regarding the serious pursuit of art, teaching, and a career. Raised in a transitional era regarding women working vs. stay-at-home moms, I was able to bridge the gap by achieving both with balance. I had given private painting lessons to students as far back as 1968, and by the time my husband David and I relocated to our present home - a converted restaurant / bait-and-tackle shop - I was conducting lessons on a regular basis without ever having to leave my children in daycare.
The effort paid off ... With all my children now raised, married and settled down, I have been able to branch out and have added a custom frame shop to my studio - which are both located at my home here in Wills Point!
Then My Life Took an Unexpected Turn
My husband and I began RVing with a small travel trailer in 1998. Like most Rvers, we eventually traded up to a larger fifth wheel which had a good bit of precious wall space. So in 2003 I did a small oil painting for the LR area that featured a tiny pink and white vintage travel trailer pulled by a woodie station wagon. At the time I had only begun selling things on eBay and decided to try a print of this painting, just to see if there was any interest in my artwork. I was amazed by the reaction! Rvers and trailer buffs from all over started e-mailing to see if I had "anything else" like that. Apparently there was nothing out there even remotely like my painting ... Well, that was music to my ears! So I began working on a series of paintings of little "canned hams" and posting them on eBay and my web site (VintageTravelTrailerArt.com.) Since then my career has taken off and exceeded all expectations.