Artists and Artisans
I grew up in Summit Hill, PA, where I still currently reside. I didn't discover an interest in painting until I was around 50 years old, after looking at artwork on various websites. I have no formal training, but learned everything I know from lesson books, DVDs, and internet videos.
I work strictly in acrylics, which I enjoy because they dry fast. For the first several years, I didn't even have books or videos, but just kind of painted aimlessly, with no knowledge of composition, color, or other techniques necessary to make a visually pleasing painting. After learning painting basics, like color mixing, underpainting first, painting from back to front, and gradually adding highlights until the finished product, I became better than I ever thought I'd be.
My biggest thrill came when I entered my first local art show, where I sold two paintings.
I eventually joined the Carbon County Art League, where I served as Treasurer, and worked at our art shows. My paintings are on display at several local shops. I mainly paint landscapes, but I also do still lifes and anything that I find interesting or that fits my mood. My style can probably be best described as Impressionistic Realism. I don't agonize over details like individual flower petals, but when you look at my paintings, you'll know it's a flower when you see it.
I've won several awards at art shows and have sold paintings at local art shows and from internet customers, including several commissions.
I taught painting workshops for the Carbon County Art League and also at the Tamaqua Arts Center.
My advice to anyone who wants to try something new but is afraid, do it even if you are afraid. You never know what you can achieve.
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