61E3C835-C4F9-468D-A153-62F354D5EE2AA native of Oklahoma, Ladonna Idell graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1981.

In 1991 she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and Development from Webster University, St Louis, MO.

In 2014 she graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a degree in Fine Arts.

She spent over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and was fortunate to travel many places in the world during that time-frame.

Always a “dabbler” in art, she and Jack Rutter, her husband, started seriously collaborating on unique stained glass and wood pieces in the mid-80s.

Since retiring from the Air Force Ladonna has increasingly been recognized for her work in other mediums. Her paintings and sculpture are being shown in art galleries in Selma, Prattville, and Montgomery, Alabama. She actively participates in competitions and shows and has been awarded many awards in several categories.

Ladonna serves on the Board of Directors for SACs. She volunteers with the Alabama Wildlife Center, www.awrc.org, and Helping Shepherds of Every Color Rescue, http://www.helpingshepherdsofeverycolor.com.

She continues to enjoy learning and looks for opportunities to to improve her breadth of knowledge. She loves animals and nature, and is an avid SCUBA diver and traveler. You will see that love reflected in much of her work. Visit some of her artwork at wwwsacsgallery.org.

These days she is traveling as much as she is at home. She especially enjoys adventure travel so that will be where most of the material for this blog orininates. Don’t be surprised though if she sneaks in a posting about art or a local raptor rescue adventure.