Alma Sroka graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a major in broadcasting, working in television for several years performing in and scheduling commercials. She later obtained a double masters equilavency in education. With her entertainment background and love of art, she started her second career in teaching. She encouraged her students to love art by constructing giant paper sculptures turning the halls into a Jurassic world, life beneath the sea or huge body organs to wow visitors and students. After teaching over 1000 students in a period of 30 years, she retired to Southport to begin her third career in art.
Alma is a seamstress and painter, mainly painting in oils, but has also enjoyed other mediums. She enjoys painting the Southport scenery but delights in capturing the human spirit in portraits. She draws from her life experiences, her family, and her background with children. Her three grandchildren make excellent subjects. She belongs to the Associated Artists of Southport, The Oak Island Art Guild and the Artisans of St James.
Alma started making doll clothes when she was 10, sewing them by had and designing her own patterns. And later when she had two daughters, sewing doll dresses became a "must". Family life is very important to Alma -- her husband, daughters and grandchildren. And being retired allows her time to pursue her greatest joy.