affect the quality of the days, that is the
highest of the arts". -- David
people, I began as a child, playing with
pictures using coloring books.
I remember a
Crayola crayon drawing (now lost), that I did
when I was about 4 or 5, of my Mom and Dad
kissing. It was probably the first original
piece of artwork that I ever saw displayed,
hanging on a wall.
In my 1st
grade of elementary school, I drew a picture of
Ringo Starr playing the drums. This picture was
selected to be shown in the window of the 4th
grade class as part of the student art exhibit.
I considered this a great honor.
In college, I
was exposed to, and awestruck by, the work of
Salvador Dali that I had seen in the window
displays of a poster shop.
I discovered a book on Marcel Duchamp. I was
intrigued by Marcel's notion of "art" as simply
the execution of an idea.
In 1995, I
began drawing again, and took a course at
Mendocino College taught by Wayne Knight. It was
then that I began to consider drawing to be
"painting," with the pencil or quill serving as
a fine tipped "brush."
enrolled in a Life Drawing class under the
tutelage of Paula Gray. Paula's instruction and
encouragement set me on a path. I have been
drawing consistently ever
is the essence of