Why I Paint and How I Began my journey
Drawing and painting have been a lifetime pursuit. As a child I was fascinated by my mother’s art books. As a nine year old, I pored over “English Dreamers”, a book on Pre-Raphaelite works, as well as a guide to the National Gallery of London. I was especially drawn to paintings by Titian and John Everett Millais. By the time I was a teenager, I was teaching private and public watercolor classes to young people and adults and began selling paintings.
At twenty I began oil painting. I also began to paint from life and read all I could about old painting methods. As a young professional, I wanted more depth and gravity in my work and decided to seek formal studio education. When I was in my early thirties, my young family and I moved to Italy so that I could study in Florence. I completed the drawing program at The Angel Academy and attended lectures and short classes at the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil’s Studio.