Kathy Sauer, a native Texan and local Fayetteville artist is fulfilling an artistic dream of her youth. Kathy Sauer's paintings represent not only the journey she has taken, but the appreciation and exploration of this new stage of life. Kathy's work takes the admirer on a beautiful journey through the various mediums and textures.
Below Kathy tells us the story of her education and family and how these experiences cultivated her artistic journey.
by Kathy Sauer
Life is an amazing journey with each road we take leading us to new adventures. I have always had a love for painting and when I was ten years old, I attended painting classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. A few years later our family moved to Spring Branch outside of Houston and it was at Spring Woods High School that my art teacher helped me get a Fine Arts degree. During my junior year at SWHS I met my best friend and future husband, Don Sauer. We were still dating while I attended U of H and he was at Southwest Texas University now Texas State. We got married in January of 1970 then I transferred to
Texas State. The University did not have a Fine Arts Department, so I became an Art Education major that lead me to teaching.
My husband, Don Sauer, had deep roots in the Spring Branch community. His relatives came from Germany and settled with other German settlers in the mid 1800’s in Spring Branch. My husband’s family settled on a farm where the road was later named after his grandfather, Conrad Sauer Road. While the Bauers who were cousins traveled to Round Top to settle. I believe it was these ties with the early settlers of Spring Branch that helped me get my first art teaching position at Spring Branch junior high.
I taught art for ten years at Spring Branch and then for ten years in Katy, Texas. As Robert Earl Keen sings, “The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” Our lives went down another road when Don’s job transferred him to Austin. We found the beautiful town of Wimberely and lived there with our two daughters for seventeen amazing years. When I applied for a teaching position in Wimberely I wanted to try something different, so I started substituting at the elementary school, I taught fourth grade Reading and Language Arts for seventeen years. During this time, I was not able to pursue my art while teaching elementary because it consumed all of my energy.
In 2014 my husband and I retired, and our lives were about to go down another road. My husband’s parents had bought a weekend place in Fayetteville, Texas in 1959. When my father-in-law retired in 1982, they moved to the farm permanently. Don’s father passed away and his mother is in a nursing home. The old farmhouse sat empty for a year before we sold our home in Wimberley and moved permanently to Fayetteville, Texas in 1959. It had been seventeen years that I had not been able to paint and who knew that Fayetteville was such an artsy community! I have been painting for five years now and I hope this journey continues for many more years.
– Kathy Sauer