At my eighth grade graduation, a “class prophecy” was written in our school newsletter projecting where some members of the graduating class would be years from the present time. It said I would be a famous artist who would sculpt a statue from Martian marble, remember, I grew up during the space race in the 1960’s.
While the famous and the statue have not come to fruition, I have always loved drawing and color. Life has a way of taking one in other directions. In college, I did not study art, but did graduate with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Sociology. Then work, marriage and ending up owning a boat yard and marina in Rhode Island kept me busy, although I still dabbled in drawing and color.
When we sold our business in 2005 and made the move to Florida, I finally had and made the time to work on art. After working with watercolors, I moved into acrylics. I enjoy the freedom of the paint and the ability to have bolder, dramatic colors. Being self taught, the opportunity to attend Jim Salem’s Sugarloaf School of Painting was not only exciting, but helped me get some much appreciated structure and guidance. Now it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to share my work at Shady Palm Gallery.
I never did try sculpting, but who knows what can happen if that Martian marble makes an appearance.