Anita Huddlestun has figured out a way to wed two subjects that seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum -- math and art.
"I've applied the method that you use to do math to art," the Sykesville artist said. "I investigate it with persistance, and I don't move on until I've answered that question."
She will share her theories in a lecture, "Seeing Through Life, A Method," from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster. The lecture is free and coincides with an exhibit of Ms. Huddlestun's "Works in Oil."
Her interest in mathematics stems from her childhood. But she quickly learned that math was not her best subject when she discovered that she "had a love of physics but couldn't do the math."
"The reduction of three dimension to two dimension can be measured," she said. "I giggle to myself now that I know all the stuff that I was trying to do mathematically."
Ms. Huddlestun has operated her own gallery on Main Street in Sykesville since July. She has been a resident of the town for 11 years and feels that her location is important to her career.
"It's been a good town to live in, and everything I've done, the town's been very supportive," she said. "I've grown with the town and the town's grown with me."
Her goals were to gain visibility and remain in the Baltimore-Frederick corridor.
"You do have to establish a reputation, and it seems that I can do it here."
And her reputation has grown. For 15 years she worked doing reproductions of masterpieces for the National Gallery in Washington. She has been commissioned to do portraits of Michael Zenovieff, the deputy chief of technical assistance at the United Nations; James Hutton, manager of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington; and Westminster Councilwoman Rebecca Orenstein.
Pretty impressive for a woman who has never had an art lesson.
"I'm completely self-taught," Ms. Huddlestun said. "I've been drawing since I was 11 or 12 and painting an equal amount of time."
She has worked in many media but finds oils the most comfortable. Her lecture will be an extension of the art classes she teaches. "Seeing Through Life . . . " is her experience of being self-taught and what she calls "the difference between being a person that paints and being a painter."
The gallery will show about 40 of Ms. Huddlestun's landscapes, portraits and still-life paintings. The pieces are reflections of Ms. Huddlestun's life, since she paints regardless of her mood. Her home is full of her artwork, with paintings everywhere there is space.
Ms. Huddlestun does not take her responsibility as an artist lightly.
"A good stroke," she said, "carries a life with it."
A. B. Huddlestun's "Works in Oil" will be showing at the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, through Nov. 27. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. The lecture Saturday is free, but registration is required.