Scottie Foster became fascinated with the beautiful painted boxes and furniture found
in museums and shops in Bavaria. Having had only a few lessons in tole painting
several years before, she jumped at the chance to take Bauernmalerei (Bavarian
Folk Art) painting lessons from Mary Caballero, a wonderful English-speaking
German lady in Heidelberg. Mary inspired her students to paint everyday, to have
patience in learning and to persevere to the end of each project with the
promise that all who truly wanted to could learn to paint this happy form of
folk art. However, the lesson that meant even more to Scottie was Mary's
insistence that all designs be freehanded onto the wood surface - not traced! By
practicing this technique, it was possible to develop a unique style and to
create original designs. Scottie still feels that these principles are some of
the most important to instill in minds and hearts of beginning painters.
After returning to the United States in 1978, Scottie was asked to write a
book about Bauernmalerei painting which was published
in 1980. Since that time, she has published many books and pattern packets as
well as written articles for magazines such as The Decorative Painter, Painting
Magazine, Decorative Artists' Workbook, Crafts Magazine and Tole World. Her books and packets are written in a simple, clear
and comprehensive manner in order to bring the excitement of Bavarian Folk Art
painting to all levels of painters from beginners to teachers.
For the last twenty-one years, Scottie has traveled around the US, Canada,
Australia, Japan and Singapore spreading the joy of Bauernmalerei to eager
seminar students as well as teaching regular classes at The Apple Tree in
Springfield, Virginia. Scottie loves to spread the word that if you really have
the desire to paint and are willing to practice, you can become a folk artist and have a wonderful paintin' time!