Meet Pipa Cudahy
Essentially self-taught and only moderately interested in the formal study of art until her 20s, for much of her life Pipa's fine art pursuits were sporadic, at best. Even so, through her studio classes and a minor in Art History (with majors in both Political Science and English), she maintained her connection to the world of art.
While rearing her children and breeding and showing Arabian horses in Minnesota, she once again took time to paint, not only on stretched canvasses but also on needlepoint canvasses for others. Moving to Florida in 1986, she opened a shop that featured her original designs.
In 1990, Pipa received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Behavior and painted when she was able to fit in an art class. She moved from a career in psychotherapy to a career in Public Health and then retirement in 2005 (a week after Katrina). . . no more disease prevention initiatives and first response to disasters, she decided.
Pipa lives in Chapel Hill where she has shown her work at the Carrboro Arts Center and the Nancy Tuttle May Durham Studio Show. Her portraits and garden paintings have been by commission and she now concentrates on animals of all sorts. These can be viewed at Syds (Graham Street), Top of the Hill (Franklin Street), her studio by appointment (Fireside Drive), all in Chapel Hill.