|Posted on October 1, 2016 at 5:25 PM|
In February 2015 I was "spotlighted" in the monthly newsletter of the Delaware Watercolor Society:
New Jersey native and Lewes resident, Daphne Blaker, joined DWS five years ago and enjoys the variety of programs and learning experiences the society offers. Blaker has been painting for 25 years mainly for relaxation, but loves to paint florals and local scenes.
It all began with a college drawing and painting class in New Jersey and with her father's art connection for his sign painting and lettering business. Blaker and her father both belonged to the Gloucester County Art League of New Jersey. "There were always art supplies and 'how-to-draw' books around our house, and he encouraged my sisters and me to experiment with them. During World War II, he could be found decorating helicopters or designing V-mails* for his fellow soldiers. I still have a collection of these that he drew and mailed home to my mother and me."
Blaker is a dedicated watercolorist who likes to travel and paint especially in warm locales - anywhere with palm trees. This includes Key West and Costa Rica, of course, and now she's off to Mexico in February.
*V-mail, or Victory mail, was a type of mail used during WWII in America as the primary and secure method to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad. It used a combination of electronic and physical delivery. Letters were microfilmed and the microfilm was then sent in place of the letter, saving valuable space and still getting letters to our troops and home to soldiers' families. The letters were printed on the receiving end at a distribution print center and then delivered. V-Mail was sent and received from June 1942 throught November 1945.