In her 50-year career, artist Eleanor Dixon Stecker has worked as a commercial illustrator, art director, teacher, computer graphics designer, painter, portraitist and watercolor painter.
She shares a studio in the country outside of Barnesville, GA, with artist- husband Alan Stecker, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. She uses a wide variety of media to create paintings and drawings.
Lately she has developed a series of pictures based on horses and the relationships people have with their animals. Her work also includes many commissioned portraits of people in oils or pastels.
For 14 years Eleanor served as Creative Director of ASV, a family video business. Prior to her work at ASV, she worked as a courtroom illustrator for NBC News, WAGA Channel 5 News, and WXIA, covering the high-profile trials of Wayne Williams and James Bakker. She also covered the Paula Jones hearings and the White Water hearings. Among her other illustration projects were the design and illustration of children's books for the Presbyterian Church and storyboard presentations for many production companies.
Ms. Dixon completed her undergraduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design and Atlanta College of Art where she graduated with a BFA. She attended the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus for Graduate Studies in Fine Art. As a fine arts painter in Chicago, Ms. Dixon jointly operated a fine arts studio with six artists. Her paintings have been shown in both Chicago and Atlanta, and she is represented in many collections around the country.
In 1998, she embarked on a career as a portrait painter. To hone her skills, she studied with the well-known realist painter, Marlin Adams. She has continued her exploration of the portrait as a Fine Art by attending workshops with David Laffell and Raymond Everett Kinsler.
She has served twice as president of Lamar Arts. While active in Lamar Arts she curated many Fine Art shows with Angela Preston, including a retrospective of renowned abstract artist Herbert Creecy.
“I see the world as a magical place, and my job, as an artist is to make the viewer aware of that magic. I might be painting a portrait, a bowl of flowers or a scene of cowgirls, cowboys and their horses. All are part of this amazing world that exists before our very eyes, and it’s my job to uncover and share that magic!”
She is available for commissioned portraits and paintings.