Puntel, who dabbles in a variety of mediums, began painting in 2005.
"I paint because to me it is such a sense of accomplishment," she said. "I like doing things that make me feel like I've accomplished something."
Puntel was inspired to take up painting by a friend who worked with watercolors when living in
"I always thought I would like to paint," she said. "When Ken and I retired and moved to
Her favorite subject to paint is horses.
Puntel enjoyed horseback riding for many years, until back and neck surgery prohibited her from participating in the sport.
Where she lives in southwestern
If Puntel is outside and sees the buggy coming, she will often ask if she can give the horses an apple if she happens to have one available.
"I think horses are probably one of God's most beautiful animals," she said, but added they are difficult to paint. "Some of [my horse paintings] have ended up in file 13."
But others have won her accolades.
"I guess that's when I really feel an accomplishment; when I have done a painting that is admired by other people," she said.
The cultural center exhibit is not her first solo show.
"I did one last year around Kentucky Derby time at the chamber," she said.
Puntel, a member of the
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