Erni Houser had never touched a water color brush until she took a class from Rod Adams in the fall of 2008, the year she retired as instructional aide in the Bedford County school system. She was hooked. Determined to become the “Grandma Moses” of Art on Depot in The Electric Company on Depot Street, she promptly rented one of the studios located there and began to collect a supply of watercolor paints, brushes and “how-to” books.
Erni credits her years of photography and working with Adobe Photoshop as helping her to visualize what she wants to create. Erni challenges herself by painting a variety of subjects, but finds she enjoys painting animals best, especially elephants. She participates regularly in the Healing Arts program at Bedford Memorial Hospital. She still considers herself a beginner, but is happy that she has finally learned to mix colors that no longer look like mud.