Candy Mayer is a full time artist, using many media. Her greatest love is drawing in any medium. “There is nothing more beautiful than an expressive, fluid line on a piece of paper.” Her love of detail and color adds life to her drawings, pastels and paintings. Candy began her career at an early age and earned a BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of South Dakota. Continuing her education, she has taken workshops from leading artists in the Southwest, including, Camille Pryzewodek, Ben Konis, Jerry Seagle, and Carolyn Bunch Before settling in El Paso in 1999, she was the sole proprietor of her own business for twenty years, specializing in decorative arts and crafts. Since moving to the border from Iowa, Candy has been inspired by the history and culture of the area, using the colors and the light that the desert and the surrounding mountains are famous for throughout the art world. Many of her works originate from trips to Mexico and other locales taken with her photographer husband, Charlie. In addition to her work in the studio, Candy is a member of the Plein Air Painters of El Paso and paints regularly outdoors at many sites in the area. Three of her works traveled to the Department of the Interior Gallery in Washington, D.C. as part of a larger plein air show. She is also active in the El Paso Art Association and the Pastel Society of El Paso. Candy has exhibited and won recognition in shows and competitions including the Sierra Providence Arts International Show, the Sun Bowl Show, the Paquime Festival in Casas Grandes, MX. and many El Paso Art Association events. Her work is currently on display in galleries and businesses in the El Paso area and sites throughout the United States and Mexico, including the Hal Marcus Gallery. She has been the poster artist for the La Vina Wine Festival several times and also KCOS-TV and the United Way. Her work has appeared on over thirty covers of the El Paso Scene. Candy has also used her talents to better the community, donating work to causes such as Avance, Buena Vida Adult Care Centers, and serving as art commentator for the Art Auction at KCOS-TV. Candy has held two one woman shows at the prestigious Hal Marcus Gallery: in 2004, “Images of Italy,” inspired by a trip to Florence, Venice and Rome; and in 2006, “Travels in Mexico,” based on a road trip to Chiapas in southern Mexico. In July, 2007, she returned to her hometown in Iowa for a one-woman show, “Borders,” at the Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa. “Thirteen Years on the Border,” was her retrospective show at Crossland Gallery in 2012.
In March, 2008, Candy & her husband, Charlie, had their first joint show at the Chamizal National Memorial. “Entitled “Alma de Mexico-Caras y Paisajes/The Soul of Mexico-Faces & Landscapes,” featured paintings and photos of the beautiful people and land of Mexico that they have encountered on their many trips there. In April, 2009, The Rose & Crown Gallery hosted their second show, “The Yucatan.” Their most recent show together, “The South of Spain,” was in 2011 at the Sasahara Gallery in El Paso. Two of her drawings were included in a nationally published book, “Strokes of Genius 2,” a drawing anthology book in 2009 and another drawing in the “Strokes of Genius 7, 2015.” Candy was inducted into the Spirit Lake School’s Hall of Achievement in 2008 as the Outstanding Graduate in her hometown on October 5, 2008. In 2012, she was one of 100 artists included in the “Inquisitive Eyes-El Paso Art, 1960-2012” at the El Paso Museum of Art.