ABOUT THIMGAN: Quick Bit on Why I Paint and How I Began...

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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.

 
Plein air painting in Florence on the Arno with my trusty family car (bicycle) next to me.

Plein air painting in Florence on the Arno with my trusty family car (bicycle) next to me.