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L'deane Minor Trueblood

(Norman, Oklahoma, 1928 - )

Known as a person who loves people, L'Deane Minor Trueblood, now a resident of Bloomington, Utah, has become an international traveler in search of people as subjects for her paintings and sculptures. L'Deane Trueblood was born in 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma. She was raised in a family of original territory homesteaders not far from a Native American Cherokee tribe. She credits her grandfather for teaching her respect for the Native American culture, and she still uses these people as favorite subjects for her art. With roots in teaching, L'Deane's parents were supportive of her art education. L'Deane's remarkable art talents were recognized early by her teachers and friends. After receiving many awards during her junior and high school years, L'Deane enrolled in college as a fashion design major. However, in her second year at the University of Oklahoma, she recognized her love for three-dimensional art under the guidance of Professor Joseph Taylor. Some of L'Deane's drawings and sculptures were retained by the University for its permanent art collection. L'Deane graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and later became experienced as an illustrator, junior high school teacher, and director of art and crafts for the U.S. Air Force in Germany. While in Germany, she met and married captain and jet-fighter pilot Roger Trueblood. From that time until her three children were raised, she devoted most of her time to the needs of her family. Since moving to Utah, she has gained a master's degree in education and operated a Montessori school in St. George. Trueblood has studied under renowned watercolorist Charles Reid, and she has become a prominent watercolor artist herself, known throughout the United States and Canada. She is also a talented sculptor, as demonstrated by her busts of Dr. Armand Hammer, and the past president of Dixie College, Douglas Alder, and the pieces featured here, Waiting Her Turn, and The Storyteller. At the age when most people retire, L'Deane Trueblood moved into high gear, traveling nationwide to do portraits in bronze and watercolor. She was a charter member of the Southwest Utah Arts Council and has served as secretary to the Council. She was selected for membership in the Pen and Brush Club of New York City, one of the nation's oldest organizations for women artists. In 1978 and 1979, she originated and directed the "Kaleidoscope of Arts for Kids" program in Washington County, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Utah Arts Council. She has won numerous awards throughout the United States and is recognized as a prominent figurative sculptor and painter. L'Deane Trueblood's major contribution to the arts is her concentration on depicting children.

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