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March 05, 2012

Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed painting. From the beginning with finger painting, to my first watercolor set and then in high school when my mentor Marge Coyman taught me about painting with oil paints. There has always been a sense of freedom with paint, everyone expresses what they see in their own style, and no one can say whether it’s right or wrong.  Painting has taught me so much about myself. There are days when I get so frustrated I put my brushes down and say that I never want to paint again, but I always turn around and work on the piece for a few more hours, and every time I am surprised by the result. I find that  the smallest part of a painting is often my favorite; it can be a brush stroke or a use of a certain color, but it’s almost  as if it speaks to me from the canvas.

Through the years I have taken many painting classes, learned a few tricks of the trade and I in no way view myself as a great painter, but I enjoy it. There is something deeply satisfying about going into the studio with an idea and being free to explore it in many ways with color and a brush. Pablo Picasso once said ‘one never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting and then it becomes something quite different.’ I like to think of life the same way, we go in with all of these ideas and in the end it’s not at all what we expected, but it’s lovely nonetheless