Charla Maxwell Herbert, native daughter of Scotts Bluff County, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She supplemented her architecture drawing classes with as many fine art classes as possible including composition, life drawing and photography. She studied in England and Scotland. She has traveled and lived in San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia and worked with a preservation architect documenting some of the oldest American buildings.
She has recently moved home to Scotts Bluff County and is reborn through the beauty of our area. She works in watercolor and oils, pen and ink and does paper cutting. Her wanderlust sometimes takes her to Austin, Texas, to visit her daughter Grace. “I am deeply moved by the beauty of our natural and created landscapes. Western Nebraska, it seems, is often appreciated best by native sons and daughters. It is rugged and serene, abundant and our legacy. I am filled with joy returning home to this beautiful place.”
Charla Herbert strives to express in her art the contemplative beauty she finds in her western Nebraska home. She grew up taking afternoon rest lying on the grass under our beautiful sky and being inspired to do big things by the endless horizon. She is eager to help our children find creative outlets and inspiration drawing from their sense of place, Western Nebraska, as she has done.