May 1, 2012
Leon Roberts, a professed “doodler” works on a piece in Jaqui Jeffrey’s drawing class. He has notebooks full of nature doodles including trees and streams. When his father heard he wanted to be an artist, he said, “Prepare to be hungry.” So he went into the family funeral home business.
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At first, Bits Siller only wanted to fill her time once she retired — then tragedy struck and she needed to find solace. She turned to Gila Community College (GCC) teacher Jaqui Jeffrey’s art classes to immerse herself in the healing powers of art. “I find them therapeutic,” said Siller, still grieving after the loss of her daughter. Jeffrey teaches Fundamentals of Design, Color and Design, Drawing, Acrylics, Figure drawing, and Sculpture. All her classes are designed to move the serious student toward an associate’s degree in art — or to learn how to create satisfying drawings.