Geraldine Zarate

Geraldine began her study of art when she majored in art history at Dixie State College and Southern Utah University. Her senior paper was entitled Early Renaissance Architecture in Florence, Italy that she researched during two summers of travel in Europe. While there she visited major art museums in England, France, Spain, Italy, Holland and Austria. In the United States she visited art museums in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles. As part of her university courses Geraldine took classes in drawing, painting and printmaking classes and she studied under Gerald Olsen, Glen Anderson and Thomas Leek. In her weaving classes with Hannah Wells she discovered a real appreciation for textile art. Geraldine concentrated on the research involved in Art History and this experience led to the position of Librarian at the Mesquite Public Library where she worked for 27 years. After her retirement in 2004 she got a passport and a box of paints and began to pursue her love of travel and art.

Geraldine’s roots are very firmly planted in Mesquite where two sets of her great-grandparents were early settlers and the sixth generation, her grandchildren are growing up. In 2009 she was contacted by a publishing company and asked to write a book about the history of the area. She spent nearly a year writing and collecting vintage photos for the 2010 publication Mesquite and the Virgin Valley.

Geraldine is pursuing a style of painting that reminds her of illustrations in children’s story books that she loves and used for years in presenting story times at the library. Her use of ink to outline her acrylic compositions reminds some people of stained glass or mosaics but she feels the drama or sometimes whimsy that is achieved enables the viewer to see detail in a new way. The lines can isolate and emphasize a certain color or shape that enhances the composition. Geraldine loves to paint regional landscapes that reinforce her deeply felt connection to the sand, rocks, and light of the area.

Geraldine is a member of the Virgin Valley Artists Association and has won numerous awards including Best of Show. Collectors in North America and Europe have purchased her paintings.

Shown are examples of Geraldine's work.  Please call or e-mail for price and additional visuals.