Candy was born and raised in the Lakes area. Her great-great grandparents, the Fred Roffs, arrived in Okoboji in 1881. Her great-great Uncle, Roy Roff, was the pilot of the Queen. Her great-great grandparents, the W.S. Wilsons, settled in Okoboji and purchased the Okoboji Store in 1888. Her grandfather, Zeke Wilson, operated the Okoboji Store Boat Livery for 47 years, from 1924-1971. The Wilsons were involved with the Store for 69 of its 92 years.
After moving to El Paso in 1999, Candy embraced the Border area, creating landscapes and still lifes of the Southwest and the borderland in pastels, acrylics, pen & ink, and mixed media collage.
Candy Mayer Gallery
Candy has a BFA in Art and Art Education from the University of South Dakota.
She is a member of the El Paso Art Association, the Pastel Society, and the Plein Air Painters of El Paso. She has exhibited and won recognitions in competitions both in El Paso and Mexico. She has participated in international shows sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.
Three of her works traveled to the Department of Interior Gallery in Washington,
D.C. She has been the poster artist for Women’s History Month at UTEP, La Viña,
KCOS-TV, the Siglo de Oro Festival, the United Way, and the El Paso Scene.
Candy has held two one woman shows at the Hal Marcus Gallery in El Paso. In July, 2007, she returned to her hometown in Iowa for a one woman show, “Borders,” at the Lakes Art Center. Her first retrospective show, "Thirteen Years on the Border," was in 2012. She was part of the "Desert Modern-El Paso Art, 1960-2012" show at the El Paso Museum of Art.
In October 2008, Candy was inducted into the Hall of Achievement as an Outstanding Graduate of the Spirit Lake High School in Iowa.