My watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings reflect my life in the upper Midwest - waterscapes, rural landscapes and architecture indicative to the area. My approach to my art work is realistic. I look for spatial relationships within
my subject matter and I love surface texture, varied lines, negative spaces and the effects color can exude within a piece. My style ranges from loose flowing brushstrokes to tightly controlled detail.
Currently my inspiration and focus for my work are the designs and patterns
created as nature and man play with the surface of the land and water and I find beauty in the ordinary, often overlooked remnants of a vanishing way of life - the homesteads, farmsteads and the buildings now empty where family-owned
businesses once thrived in Iowa's small towns.
Anita Baedke-Plucker, nicknamed Katie, was born and raised in Terril, Iowa. After graduating from Terril Community School, Anita attended Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, receiving a BA in Art Education. After graduating, she put her artistic career on hold to marry and made a decision to stay home with her two boys. As the boys
grew older, Anita was able to create more work and began to enter area art shows. Her work
continued to evolve and grow popular as she went from art show to art show, to having limited-edition prints published, to displaying her work in galleries and juried regional and national exhibitions.
When she and her family moved back to the Terril area, Anita joined the Spencer Area
Arts Council and soon became Director of the Gallery Shop and later, worked full-time as
the Director of Education and Outreach for Arts on Grand in Spencer, plus managed the exhibitions, pottery studio and arranged cultural trips.
Anita K. Plucker
Iowa Watercolor Society (signature member); Transparent Watercolor Society; Colored Pencil Society of America (charter member); Arts on Grand, Spencer Area Arts Council, Spencer, Iowa; Artisans Road Trip, NW Iowa; the Iowa Barn Foundation.
Awards & Honors:
SPLASH 17: INSPIRING SUBJECTS, Northlight Publication competition runner up.
Iowa Watercolor Society, Annual Exhibition, 2 pieces selected for traveling show.
SPLASH 16: EXPLORING TEXTURE, Northlight Publication finalist, top 121 of 1700 entries
Western Colorado Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Grand Junction, Colorado, 2004
Cheap Joe’s Award, Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition, Ames, Iowa, 2001
Daniel Smith Award, Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition, Ames, Iowa, 2001
Honorable Mention, Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, Iowa, 1999
Best of Show, Witter Biennial, Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, Iowa, December, 1998
Iowa Watercolor Society Signature Membership, September, 1991
IOWA WOMAN magazine, cover artwork and featured article award, winter, 1991
ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, finalist, top 100 of 5298 entries, 1988 Still Life Competition
Splash 18: Value, Northlight Books competition finalist, top 132 of 2000 entries.
Anita K. Plucker Gallery
Following eight years at Arts on Grand, Anita taught ART at the Spencer Middle School, enabling her to finally put her degree in education and her love to teach into full practice while still allowing her fragments of free time to create her own work. Anita recently retired after 15 years at SMS and now enjoys painting full time plus conducts workshops throughout the