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Painting has been a lifelong dream for me, but before the late 1980's my efforts were sporadic. I had been employed in various fields, mostly on the staffs of politicians and attorneys. I was exposed to the impressionism of a group of artists in New Mexico, and their color and freshness intrigued me. In 1987 I was fortunate to take a workshop with Ray Vinella, one of these painters, in the mountains north of Taos, New Mexico. Vinella and the setting were inspiring.
After that workshop, the more I painted, the more I was consumed with a desire to create beautiful images. Painting every available moment, I read art books constantly and studied paintings in museums and galleries. I continued to study with Vinella, as well as Kevin Macpherson, Don Ward, JoeAnna Arnett, Ron Rencher and Gay Falkenberry.
In 1989 I was encouraged to enter a local juried art festival, and I had what I considered to be enough paintings to do so. It was an inauspicious beginning to a career in art as far as sales go, but the positive comments of the public and encouragement of other artists led me to believe my paintings and my sales would improve. Still working in a law office but cutting ...
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