Company: House of the RedTails Studio/Gallery
Location: Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
Risa Waldt, Artist at the House of the RedTails Studio and Gallery, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of painting.
Ms. Waldt is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and has enjoyed painting the Grand Canyon, wildlife, and other historical features of her home state. One achievement in this respect is her watercolor painting of Tucson’s Courthouse, which was purchased by the Tucson Museum of Art. She has also connected with her community as a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, including serving as president from 2003 to 2004. She is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, an associate member of the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society, and is an active member of the Arizona Watercolor Association.
As a student, Ms. Waldt attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts in 1973. From 1993 to 1994, she worked in the Miraflores ADL Facility in Tucson, and served as an art and equine therapist. Until 2010, she was certified by the American Society of Experiential Therapists—experiential therapy serves to help elicit material from the unconscious mind, and has proven useful for improving a host of interpersonal and mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, as well as recovery from addiction and trauma.
Ms. Waldt has enjoyed her work as a plein painter, and was often exhilarated by her ability to capture the feeling of a landscape through her work. She credits her father, Carl, her mother, Jane, and her stepmother, Eunice, as mentors and influences on her career—they all encouraged her to attend college and pursue her career as an artist. During her time as a therapist, Ms. Waldt found it fulfilling to work as a facilitator to bring people together and foster communication.
In addition to her work as a painter and therapist, Ms. Waldt is an author, and has written more than fifteen stories, including “A Story of Being,” “My St. Philips,” “This Old Saddle,” and “Nobody Knows Me,” among others. As a testament to her success, Ms. Waldt has been featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in America.
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