Printmakers You Should Know: Gussie DuJardin

In March, I introduced you to Elmer Schooley, with the promise of later sharing the work of his wife, Gussie DuJardin.

Well, it took me longer than I thought to introduce her to you. I ended up taking a hiatus from Printmakers You Should Know to go climb volcanoes and look at petroglyphs. And last month, I decided to focus on the many printmakers featured in the exhibit Giving a Good Impression. Today, however, I'll fulfill that earlier promise.

Gussie duJardin was the professional name of Gertrude Schooley. She grew up in the Southwest, including Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada. While studying art at the University of Colorado, she would meet and eventually marry Elmer Schooley. Both would go on to the University of Iowa to get their Master's degrees. They would also have three children, the youngest of whom is a musician living in Roswell.

Like her husband, DuJardin was a landscapist, but whereas he created tapestry-like paintings of large-scale topography, she focused on the microscopic world of lichen and other flora. She was an avid botanist, and dedicated much of her time to collecting and identifying plant specimens. Her close-up landscapes have a wonderfully abstract quality, reveling in both scientific identification and the formal interactions between line and color.

In 1977, she and Schooley were each awarded a residency in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. They would settle permanently in Roswell afterwards.

DuJardin is best known as a painter, but she did make prints as well. Here are some woodcuts:

Gussie DuJardin, Corpus Christi, color woodcut on paper, Roswell Museum and Art Center.

Gussie DuJardin, Black-Crowned Night Heron, color woodcut on paper, Roswell Museum and Art Center.

She also made lithographs, which bear a close resemblance to her paintings. I wasn't able to nab a picture of one for you though, so you'll have to trust me on this one.

What I admire about both Schooley and DuJardin is how they continued to remain productive into their retirement, preferring to create new works rather than rest on their laurels.

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And, as always, check out the RMAC's holdings online:;keyword=gussie%20;dtype=d