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I Am A Self Taught Artist

May 27th, 2018

My study of art began as a child and continues to grow. I’ve learned art from many different people and places, from my grandparents working in their Craft & Garden Center growing up, my great grandfather who was a painter of landscapes, into my adult life and personal study from some amazing teachers and friends. I’ve always prefered learning at my own pace.
Being self taught doesn’t mean you haven’t studied from others, it just means you’ve had no formal training. I’ve taken workshops and on-line classes and have learned from family and friends over many years.
I don’t think you need to go to school to become successful as an artist, however I do believe people get there faster.
I’ve studied under:
- My Grandmother - Kay Allen
- My Great Grandfather - Arthur Coffin
- Slade & Pratt (High School) art teachers.
- Bob Ross (Was hooked on him in the 70’s).
- Annette Kowalski
- Donna Dewberry
- Nolan Clark
- Dan Nelson
- Jon Demartin
- Alexander Cruz
- Wilson Bickford
- Myron Barnstone
- Rick Cheadle
- Andy Walker
- Andy Morris
- Linda Packard
This list extends even further.
I’m so grateful to those who share their gift and talents with others.
By learning from SO many, I believe one can find their own individuality by mixing the things you’ve learned from others that move you the most..into your own Soul. This is seen as you create your art. The art you create comes from your own experiences, experimentations, your frustrations and joys.
I think really ALL artists are self taught....

Mother Nature

May 12th, 2018

Mother Nature

Mother Nature
This painting is both a figurative abstract (portrait view) and landscape abstract (landscape view).
Mother Nature represents all of the elements and symbolizes motherhood itself. She is life giving. She is alive. She gives us deep roots. When distraught she can bring floods and fire. She is cool and hot.
I was inspired to do this painting after watching the movie “Mother”, a film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The symbolism moved me.
As a mother myself I can understand both the joy and torment of caring for something you partly created. And as an artist as well.

How people can see your work....differently.

May 12th, 2018

How people can see your work....differently.

One of my paintings from my Dream Moods Collection.
I REALLY had a hard time with this painting! It was a challenge for me to get the symbolism through.
When I showed it to my husband Darilk, I asked him if he saw the 3 figures that symbolize the union of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. And the “Pipe Dream” (The title of the painting) has no end to it?
He said: No I see boobs...

Life Is But A Dream

May 8th, 2018

Life Is But A Dream

"Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one's time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams we plant the seeds of our future."

Storms And Sunsets

May 8th, 2018

Storms And Sunsets

Many people like painters who paint pretty pictures like Monet and Degas. I like them too! For there is much beauty in life and the world! However my favorite artists are Pollock and Picasso. They weren’t afraid to paint the ugly side of life. They saw beauty in ashes, pain and suffering. They saw energy in anger and darkness moved them to paint as much as light. I could look at a Pollock and Picasso painting all day and just study how they used color and line to express the emotion of a painting. I’ve ALWAYS felt that storms are just as beautiful as sunsets.