For a poor girl in a small Texas town in the early 1900s, having artistic talent and drive could be a mixed blessing. How could she get the training she needed and the chance to prove herself as a serious artist?
Waldine Amanda Tauch began to answer this question when she set out on her own, at the age of eighteen, to study under sculptor Pompeo Coppini. But he was dubious about female students and exacted a promise from her: that she would give up marriage and family so she could give her complete devotion to art. It was a radical vow in 1910, even for an ardent and gifted young woman who meant to do great things. She suffered from this promise, which she never broke. But she never regretted devoting her life to creative work – the sculptures that have brought her recognition as an artist of national stature.
Taken from "From Chalk to Bronze, A Biography of Waldine Tauch", by Alice Hutson