Muriel Luedeman

I use a contemporary realism and impressionistic style, depicting life in my hometown and places of interest and inspiration. I combine buildings of city and country life, people, and nature that draw the viewer into moments in time. Improving my skills to be the best I can achieve, creating a strong body of work, and putting it into the marketplace is my commitment for my days ahead.

I am a native of Independence, Missouri, reared in Kansas City, Kansas, and majored in art at Graceland University and Wichita State University. I enjoyed a long career at Hallmark Cards serving as a production assistant, redesign artist, and original design artist, including acting as Design Coordinator for a line of greeting cards.

In my days at Hallmark, I gained art skills and practiced them 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year and
learned management and coaching skills. My job was to make color plates and ink drawings of original
artwork that came from the original design studio. I replicated line drawings for embossing, hot foil,
flitter, flocking, and gold ink accents. I developed an eye and steady hand for the smallest detail, width
of line, and color variation. For 26 years with the company I created redesigned and original products.
I took classes from Harry Fredman, a master portrait artist in Kansas City to augment my rendering
and painting skills. All these disciplines provided the many basics I would use from then on for
commission work and teaching art at youth for summer camps.

Although personal painting projects are my focus, I still teach step by step fundamentals of drawing
and painting lessons. I have a website – artydragonfly.com which is being redesigned to be part of the
ELOAH Creative – eloahcreative.com. Plans to offer instructional videos for drawing and painting.