Artist Harold Joe Waldrum
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Waldrum taught music and art in the public schools of Kansas for sixteen years before acquiring a master's degree in art in 1970. In 1971, he moved to Tesuque, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe and became a full-time artist.
In 1974, he moved to Worm, New Mexico, where in 1976, he killed a man in a gunfight. Three months later, he moved to New York City to escape the friends and brothers of the deceased. In 1979, he returned to New Mexico and took up residence in the Joseph Henry Sharp studio in Taos.
In 1980, Waldrum began to paint the adobe churches of Northern New Mexico. In 1990, he moved to a ranch on the east face of Ladron Mountain where he produced some of his finest work. In 1996, he moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Waldrum's method of multiple layers of paint began after he purchased paint in New York that was devoid of the aluminum filler in most acrylic paints. He had not expected the thinness of the paint and set about solving a problem rather than continuing his normal process of putting down paint. He's been quoted as saying, "My best methods have always come about because of the accommodations I've made with problems; my accidents have unremittingly pointed me to concepts I might never have considered. I am grateful to each and every one of them."
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