Though I have never had a drawing lesson in my long years on earth, I have been drawing
people since I could hold a pencil. Starting off with copying comic book figures such as "Betty
and Veronica," I would spend long hours executing the most elaborate of beautiful gowns, and
fancied my career would be that of a top (but of course!) fashion designer.
Alas, that dream crashed to the ground in my sophomore year of high school, when my Home
Economics (archaic, true, but I'm old!) teacher informed me that I would have to first learn
construction of a garment and (shudder) actually sew it myself! Mon.Dieu. Moi? SEW?? That
was for the peons. Another dream dead and buried. Like the one of being a prima ballerina,
when I shot up like a bean pole. Or being a stewardess (another archaic term, now
"attendant") on an airline, when I was too tall for their height requirements as well.
I continued drawing, though, finding that I was able to actually draw a reasonable likeness of
people, and concentrating on that, which I really loved, and decided, loving color as I do, to
learn oil painting.
I took my first painting class 40 years ago, as a mere child. (Amazing that a toddler could
learn to paint! Ahem.) Anyhow, it was at Studio B Art Supplies in Scottsdale, with
award-winning painter, Joni Falk who had an ongoing Wednesday night painting class.
I was awful! Art does not imitate life, I promise you. I was so rigid and tight and uncolorful.
But determined. My highest compliment came when Joni actually asked to buy a painting I'd
done of an indian woman. I was so flustered and honored I jokingly told her I'd trade for a
painting (pen and ink- uber tedious and hard!) her husband Bob had done. After consulting
each other they determined it was in a gallery in Prescott, and he agreed, and so it was done.
I will never forget the huge boost in confidence she gave me, and even asking me to lead a
class one night in how I painted the human form, face, etc.
Years later, when my daughter became a toddler, I put the oils away for the safer (and easier
to clean up!) watercolors, eventually missing the smell, texture, and feeling of painting in oils,
and went back to mostly oils and acrylics, with an occasional detour to the watercolors, as
the spirit moves me.
I have since then painted many commissions, portrait, landscape, and pets for people all over
the United States. Nothing makes me happier than to hear that I have captured the soul of
the subject, which to me is the very life itself.
If you are interested in any available paintings or having me paint a custom painting for you,
please do contact me. I will work to accommodate your space and financial limitations, and
also have "layaway" terms. I am currently offering my Facebook friends a sizable discount from
Land, City, Sea
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