About Lanelle


Margaret Lanelle was born to Mildred and Paul Coffee in Skidmore, Texas, on July 3rd,  just in time to celebrate the birthday of her beloved United States. She was the oldest of five, with three brothers and a sister. Graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, she entered college on a scholarship with much help from her parents.  At Abilene Christian University she met and subsequently married Roy C. Choate of Ft. Worth.  Roy was an exPOW from WW II and,  after 37-1/2 years of marriage,  he died in 1988 from the physical results of that POW experience. They have one lovely daughter who has made her mother’s widowhood a much less lonely time.  When Roy’s health forced his medical retirement as an engineering draftsman in 1974,  he insisted on becoming the homemaker and that Lanelle return to college, this time to study Art.  So she re-entered and Rosanne entered college at the same time in 1975.


At Southwest Texas University Lanelle was a member of the National Association of Art Educators, and is currently a member of the International Society of Decorative Painters and San Antonio’s Alamo Decorative Artists. With other artists in ADA she has taken classes with a few national teachers of various media, mostly Tole painting. She especially loves the old European styles of Rogalund and Rosemaling, as well as Maureen McNaughton’s one-stroke florals.  She delights in the unique style of Georgia O’Keefe, the capturing-of-America by Norman Rockwell, and the lovely whimsy of JoSonja Jansen.   Further she is intrigued the mystery, teasing, and irony of M. C. Escher’s works.

She has studied and taught other media such as faux stone finishes and traditional decoupage.  At the request of Northeast ISD in San Antonio in 1995, Lanelle taught herself stroke work with Jackie Shaw’s and Priscilla Hauser’s stroke instruction books.


She then agreed to teach a basic “Tole Painting” class for the continuing education program at Northeast ISD in San Antonio. She designed several projects for those classes.  She also taught a Drawing Class for children for those evening classes, working with eager 5th to 7th graders, a wonderful experience for Lanelle.

Lanelle likes everything she paints or teaches to be her own designs, and she has had several requests for some of those designs.  She is collecting some of these design to publish some pattern packets for the painting designs, as well as booklets of her hand puppets, windsocks, and other types of art for children. 

All her designs are copyrighted. They will be offered for sale on this site at a later date. Watch for their availability by occasionally clicking on “News and Tips”.  There also will be added a set of specially designed and copyrighted “ScriptureGrams” for sale on a special link which will be announced in “News & Tips.”