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Summit Daily file photo/Reid WilliamsCecelia Eidmiller, painter

Cecelia Eidemiller didn’t believe in the power of her art until circumstances forced her to rely on it.She started drawing portraits when she was 9 years old and won awards during high school, but she gave most of her portraits away because she didn’t think there would be a future in art.About 20 years ago, when she became desperate to make money to raise her two children as a single mom, the first thing at hand was her ability to create portraits. Before that, she had attended college to be a schoolteacher, but she decided to use her artistic talent to pay for college and raise her kids; she was so successful that she remained in the portrait business.She moved to Summit County in the summer of 2002 and has served on the Summit County Arts Council for the past year.She’s been painting landscapes for about four years, and her current show at the Ranch House Gallery, at the corner of Second and Granite streets in Frisco, showcases those. The show started Thursday and runs through Nov. 3. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

DreamsI’d like to become a better landscape painter, and I’d like to start a school for plein air artists in the mountains.Why do it?Because it’s my talent and what I’m best at, and it’s what I believe in. Art gives me the challenge I need from my pursuits.What do you convey?

The truth about a face or the beauty I perceive in nature.ChallengeRaising two children alone and supporting them through my portrait business. I dealt with it one day at a time, just always trying to do my best, whatever the circumstances.Accomplishments

I do feel good about the oil portraits I’ve done of my son and daughter and my self-portraits. I’m proud of picking up and moving West on my own and exploring a whole new section of the United States. I’m also proud of my black belt in karate.Staying freshJust taking a drive through Summit County motivates me concerning my landscape paintings, and when I see a face that’s unusually lit or in a dramatic expression or position, I desire to paint that. Looking at exceptional artwork also motivates me.When you’re not doing art?I hike, bike, practice karate -a lot of physical activity. That’s important because sitting in front of an easel is too sedate for me; I need to balance activities.

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