Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Detta worked first as a commercial artist, but still kept up her interest in drawing and doing
local art shows. She studied life drawing for six years. At 34 she went back to college and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska
The Zimmermans moved to the Charleston area in 1983 and
Detta continued studying art and art history at the College of Charleston. During this time she was still doing pen and ink
house portraits for patrons all over the country.
Drawing is her first love. She has been drawing for so long that it seems almost automatic.
Painting and drawing have always been part of her life—one of her five sisters is also an artist. Detta’s paintings incorporate drawing for the foundation and control in a work of art. She strives to give the public the inner view of a place, scene, or object.
Zimmerman’s work is easy going, but
balanced. It gives the viewer the feeling of being there in a momentary flash
Detta has won many awards and is always
interested in where her art will evolve. She will always be painting and drawing
because it’s such a nice place to be!