About the Artist

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.


Exhibits & Awards

All locations not designated are El Paso,TX


  • El Paso Scene Cover in December
  • Plein Air Show, Third Place
  • Ruidoso, NM Arts Festival, Best of Class & Second Place in Pastels
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, Second Place



  • Artist Tip published in national The Artist Magazine.
  • Programs at Rio Bravo Watercolorists Meeting and at The Marketplace



  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Second Place
  • Ruidoso Arts Festival. Best of Class in Pastels & Drawings.
  • Artwork chosen for Downtown “Beauty in a Box” project.
  • El Paso Scene Covers: January, Plein Air Painters & April, Artists Studio Tour.



  • KCOS-TV Art Auction, Juror Award.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso, Second Place.
  • Ruidoso Arts Festival, Second Place, Pastels.
  • Poster Artist for Franciscan Fine Arts Festival & Dia de los Muertos Show, Mesilla, NM.
  • Hospice El Paso Painted Chilies, Second Place.
  • Trost Urban Transformation Downtown Exhibit, Award of Merit.
  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Third Place.



  • January & October El Paso Scene Cover.
  • EPAA Spring Show, Judge’s Award.
  • “El Paso Landmarks” Show at City Hall.
  • KCOS-TV Art Auction, Local Flavor Award, First Place.
  • Poster artist for La Vina Spring Festival & The First Thanksgiving.
  • EPAA Spring Show Judges Award.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, Third Place.
  • Arts International Show, Bill Rakocy Memorial Award.



  • EPAA Arts International, Second Place & El Paso Scene Award.
  • October & April El Paso Scene Cover.
  • One of 12 artists selected to paint metal pick ax for UTEP Centennial.
  • January El Paso Scene Cover.  My pick ax & myself.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, Second Place.
  • El Paso City Art Purchase for City Hall.



  • Included in collage anthology book, “Incite: Dreams Realized” by North light Books.
  • EPAA “Colors of Spring Show, Judges Award.
  • El Paso Scene Covers: Celebre la Familia, Plein Air Painters, 20th Anniversary.
  • Franciscan Arts Festival, Poster Artist.
  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Second Place.



  • El Paso Scene Covers: Toma Mi Corazon & November “River Cottonwood.”
  • Celebre la Buena Vida: Invitation & El Paso Inc. Third Place.
  • “Inquisitive Eyes El Paso 1960-2012,” El Paso Museum of Art.
  • Ruidoso Art Festival, Second & Third Place in Pastels.
  • “Thirteen Years on the Border” Retrospective Show.
  • “Viva Mexico” Sunland Art Gallery, First Place.
  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Honorable Mention.



  • Pastel Society of El Paso, Second Place.
  • “The South of Spain,” joint show with Charlie at Sasahara Gallery.
  • Art Windows at El Paso Airport.
  • Hospice El Paso Painted Chilies, Honorable Mention.
  • Plein Air Painters of El Paso Show, Third Place.
  • Poster for La Vina Harvest Festival.
  • Sun Bowl Exhibit.  Blue Ribbon Purchase Award.
  • El Paso Scene Covers: Toma Mi Corazon, July “Cristo Rey,” & El Paso Scenes Show.
  • Legacy Art El Paso Featured Artist.



  • EPAA Spring Show. First Place.
  • El Paso Scene Cover: Toma Mi Corazon.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso, Honorable Mention.
  • Mission Art Markets, First Thanksgiving,Billy the Kid, & Ysleta Cultural Market.



  • Donated paintings & painted a mural for ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
  • Guest lecturer & poster artist at University of Texas at El Paso as part of Womens History Month.
  • “The Yucatan,” joint show with Charlie at The Rose & Crown Gallery.
  • My collage was used for the backdrop at the Civic Center for the ELCA Lutheran Synod Assembly.
  • Bi-National Painting Exhibition, Paquime Festival, Casas Grandes, MX. Honorable Mention.
  • Book signing at Barnes & Nobles for “Strokes of Genius 2.” Two of my drawings were chosen for the drawing anthology book.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Show, Second Place.



  • Guest lecturer at UTEP as part of Womens History Month.
  • Poster artist for “Siglo de Oro,” Spanish Drama Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial & for The United Way.
  • “Vive lo Que Ves,” Group exhibit at the University of Juarez, Mexico.
  • Several shows with Juntos Art Association, including one at La Reforma National Conference.



  • Lady of Guadalupe Show, Best of Show & Honorable   Mention.
  • “Mujeres sin Fronteras/Women without Borders,” International Show sponsored by the Mexican Consulate. Exhibits in El Paso, Juarez, & Las Cruces.
  •  “On the Border,” Plein Air Show at the Chamizal National Memorial.



  • “Why Not?” International Museum of Art, Award of Excellence.
  • El Paso Art Association Arts International, Guaranteed Purchase Award.
  • “Diversity in Realism,” one woman show at International Museum of Art.
  •  IV Binational Painting Exhibit, Paquime Festival, Casas Grandes, Mexico, Honorable Mention.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, First Place and Honorable Mention.
  • “Travels in Mexico,” one woman show at Hal Marcus Gallery.



  • Lady of Guadalupe Show, First Place in Craft Div. and Honorable Mention in Fine Art Div.,
  • La Galeria de la Mision de Senecu.
  • Sierra Providence EPAA Arts International, Guaranteed     Purchase Award.
  • El Paso Art Association’s “Colors of Spring Show,” First Place Award.
  • Cover of El Paso Scene- El Paso Landmarks.



  • “Along the Rio Grande,” Plein Air Show, Chamizal National Memorial and the Department of the Interior Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Sun Bowl Show, International Museum of Art, Honorable Mention.
  • El Paso Art Association Fall Show, Best of Show.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso, First Place.
  • “Images of Italy,” one woman show at Hal Marcus Gallery.



  • Lady of Guadalupe Show, First Place in Craft Div. La Galeria de la Senecu.
  • Sierra Providence EPAA Arts International, Guaranteed Purchase Award.
  • “Diversity in Realism,” joint show with Sandy Lenderman, People’s Gallery, City Hall.
  • Artist in residence for the Southwest Showcase at Austin, TX for the El Paso Convention and Visitors booth.
  • “Downtown Plein Air,” Mexican Revolution Show, and “All you Can Eat,” Hal Marcus Gallery.



  • EPAA Spring Show, Best of Show Award.
  • El Paso Scene Cover and Arts International Invitation Cover and Guaranteed Purchase Award.

Come experience the journey with her!





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