- Even as a teenager, Louise Matlock threw her considerable
energies into various forms of creative arts, mainly oils, interior
design and decorating - even some acting. Although she enjoyed
these explorations, none of them provided that special appeal
that was truly satisfying.
- After sampling climates from Ohio to Manhattan to the Virgin
Islands, she settled in Melbourne, Florida, a surprisingly "arty"
area. And so, one unforgettable day, she was introduced to sculpture.
This was for her, love at first sight. This was what she had
been looking for - for a long time.
- She set about to learn from those sculptors she'd been admiring:
Fritz van Eeden, Ellen Pavlokos, Burt van Scoy, Bob Coon, Yvonne
Weinstein and Stephanie de Barney. Louise taught clay sculpture
at the Brevard Art Center and Museum, and tutuored her more promising
students. Her works have been displayed at museums and galleries,
and she has won awards, including "Best of Show."
- Her most exhilarating artistic experience is what she now
lives each day... thanks to her recent association with Rockledge
Design Studios. It has changed her perception of art. Her earlier
sculptures were serious, often intense explorations of social
issues. Now she finds great satisfaction in a quite different
style which she calls "fun" art. These days, most of
her graceful designs are an amalgam of art and function, and
she is encouraged by the public's enthusiasm for her work.
- Louis credits her mentor, Fred Garbotz, founder of the Studios,
with being a master of combining artistry and whimsy and function,
and for bringing her actively into the Studios - a whole new
world for Louise.