Lovita Irby is a self-taught artist who began drawing at the age of four. Her early inspiration came from her visits to her grandmother’s farm in Oklahoma. Lovita, known for her painting abilities, can creativly paint almost anything you desire. Whether it’s a beautiful, lusious pasture, full of bluebonnets with the setting sun accenting the evening sky, or simply your family portrait, Lovita will convey it exceptionaly well on your selected media.
The Irby art studio is located at the couples’ BlueBonnet Art Gallery in DeSoto, Texas, fifteen minutes from their home, and also offers custom framing. Here, with abundant windows to usher in the light, are also walls covered with photographs of Lovita with celebrities such as Kevin Costner, Terri Garr, Jimmy Stewart, Terry Bradshaw and others. There are also awards for her work and ribbons signifying her expertise at art shows as a judge. Worthy of note is the twenty-seven years Lovita has been a featured guest artist at the Texas State Fair.
Although making a name for herself with her images of the bluebonnets, Irby is a versatile artist both in subject matter and in style. Her portrait of John F. Kennedy is a combination of detail and impressionism. A popular idea to her limited edition prints has been the addition of hand-painted matting around the image.
Lovita is a real people person, enjoying the contact with her collectors and the people at numerous public speaking engagements. Her intense working schedule and consuming hobby of history seems to agree with this artist who laughs easily and whose paintings lovingly touch the lives of others. She enjoys the sharing of what is important to her, although, she admits to never being satisfied with her art and continually striving for improvements.