Havens, Lita

Havens, Lita

Even at an early age while growing up, Lita always loved to create art- anything she could get hands on, from fabric and newspaper to crayons, pencils and paint, Lita was busy making crafts and paintings. It was not a surprise to her parents that she ended up studying fine arts in college.

Lita began her career as an art teacher, later moving on to a position as a mechanical design artist and then a print production specialist for some of the top New York City advertising agencies. In 2006, Lita and her husband Edwin decided to leave the stressful city life behind and move to Western Maryland. In retirement, she has been pursuing her art in the mediums of watercolor, colored pencils, and fabric arts.

Besides the Allegany Area Art Alliance, Lita is an active member of the following art organizations: Colored Pencil Society of America, Western Maryland Watercolor Society, Creative Needles Quilters, Schoolhouse Quilters Guild, and Allegany Arts Council. Lita volunteers for the Arts Bus project and has given free art classes for children at area schools and the local libraries. She leads an adult art group that meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month at the LaVale library. Lita is also an active member of the Cumberland Music and Arts Club as well as the Washington County Arts Council.

Lita loves the impressionist style of painting. You will see it in her choice of colors and the rendering of shapes in her work. As an artist, Lita believes in continuing to develop her perspective and creatively experiment with whatever materials are at hand. Her philosophy is that one needs to grow their artistic self and to share with others their knowledge and love of art.