dale mcdaniel watts
meet the artist
I have always loved to draw! As a child, I was constantly reminded by my teachers to “stop doodling and pay attention!” Somehow, doodling just seemed more fun. Today, the doodles have turned into drawings of homes, landmarks, historical sites, and flowers. I showed my teachers, though, by becoming one! Much of my career was spent as a special ed teacher for the Bibb County Schools. There, I was able to encourage my kids to doodle and draw while also teaching them various subjects and life skills. I retired from teaching in 2012 and began helping my daughter Rachel and husband John at Jack & Darcy, a local boutique they opened together in 2010.
I've made a wonderful second career with art. My work is composed of pen and ink sketches with watercolor washes, which can be turned into coasters, t-shirts, tea towels, prints and even Christmas ornaments! While I l enjoy seeing and painting new places, I love what cannot be hung on the wall or placed on the coffee table even more. A beach you visit every summer, your alma mater, the church you were married in, your first home — all of these places have a way of taking you back in time. I love to be a part of this joy.
And speaking of joy, my family is my first love and they have patiently supported my artistic habits. My husband John has encouraged me for forty years now. Together, we have three daughters — Rachel, Betsy and Ruth. We also have two sons-in-law, Josh and Benjamin, and a sweet, beautiful grandson named William. When I am not drawing, you can find me making cupcakes, reading, playing in my garden, or at my home away from home in Amelia Island.
Dale’s art is just excellent! She’s done a beautiful watercolor of the Hay House that she’s produced for us as prints, notecards, and even Christmas ornaments. They’re best sellers in our gift shop. I’m especially fond of the Macon landmarks that she’s produced. Our visitors really love a collection of ceramic coasters that includes our antebellum home, the Sidney Lanier Cottage and the Cannonball House. I heartily recommend her art and her products for landmarks and historical sites who are looking for unique keepsakes to sell in their gift shops!
- David Shaver, Administrative Manager at The Hay House, Macon, GA
Dale Watts is an extremely talented artist and creates some of the most beautiful scenes we have ever printed on a glass ball ornament. I am confident that anyone who purchases her work will enjoy it for years to come.
- Steve McWilliams, Vice President, Keystone Specialties, Inc.
Dale came to us with the idea of producing a Christmas ornament to use as a promotion for our Youth Ministry. I was amazed at the quality of the art she produced for us. The ornaments were just beautiful! We sold out quickly and actually placed a second order. Members of our congregation treasure this ornament and look forward to hanging it on their tree every year!
- Angela Blizzard, Vineville Baptist Church, Macon, GA