Artist Flavia Eckholm summarizes her experiences with art and her
upbringing in this statement.
“ I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating art or exhibiting
my work. My life in the West and the Southwest has been such a
guiding hand in what I paint, that the experiences and the work are
interchangeable in my mind. I have always approached each painting
with the challenge of telling a story of each experience”
Flavia had studied art from a very early age, culminating with a
Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Houston. She continued
studying with artist Bob Wygant from the university and internationally
known portrait artist, Lajos Marcos while she began to show her work in
Houston galleries. Participation in a gallery show for the Mill Pond
Press brought her into contact with the Cowboy Artists of America, where
she began to study with several members of that organization. Howard
Terpning, James Boren, Harvey Johnson and others began working with
Flavia at the CA Museum in Kerrville, Texas, as she developed her own
Later, in Chicago, at the prestigious Palette and Chisel Academy and the
American Academy of Fine Art, she studied with Richard Schmid and his
students, further honing her skills. Traveling to Olde Lyme,
Connecticut, she studied landscape and plein air painting at the Lyme
Academy of Fine Art. In 1992, a mutual friend and one of the founders of
the Scottsdale Artist’s School, Wade Fairchild, introduced Flavia to
artist James Reynolds. She began a friendship with Jim and then, later,
she studied with him for five intense years.
“Jim was a wonderful sounding board, and mentor who gave me
numerous, effective critiques of my work. He gave me wonderful
insights in all aspects of painting.”
Through the last three decades, Flavia has had the privilege of showing
her work in galleries, museum shows and other invitational shows in the
US and abroad. Her work has been exhibited at the Gilcrease Museum Show,
the C.M. Russell Museum Show, and the Western Master’s Show. She was
recently invited to be a member of the Western Artists of America and
will premier her new pioneer women’s series, which portrays the lives of
women in the West at the Pierce Museum in Corsicana, Texas.
Her work is included in many private, corporate and museum collections.
Owsley Brown Fraizier, a generous philanthropist and Chairman of the
Board of the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville,
Kentucky saw her work and immediately was attracted to the beauty of
Flavia’s work and thus began his collection of her work by acquiring
many of her pieces. The museum is in the process of planning a show for
Flavia’s work portraying the western pioneer life.