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I was born in Hollywood, California, when there still were trolley cars, if you can imagine. Our family moved to a beach community when I was 6, and I stayed there until graduating from high school in 1960. As I got older, the wonder lust bug bit and I began moving to different states.

I now reside in Arizona and have been here for the last 5 or 6 years. As it has happened to many people, I was laid off from my job, and after 3 years of looking for another one and not finding it, I decided to begin painting again.

I had made a few attempts to paint through the years, but always put it away because “life happens”. Now, I am able to paint full time and I am enjoying it immensely.

All my family members were working artists at times during their lives. They created in wood, ice, professional…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 22
  • Joined January 18, 2012

Favorite materials

Acrylic, oil, molding paste, gloss gel, blended fibers, spackling, tissue paper

About

I was born in Hollywood, California, when there still were trolley cars, if you can imagine. Our family moved to a beach community when I was 6, and I stayed there until graduating from high school in 1960. As I got older, the wonder lust bug bit and I began moving to different states.

I now reside in Arizona and have been here for the last 5 or 6 years. As it has happened to many people, I was laid off from my job, and after 3 years of looking for another one and not finding it, I decided to begin painting again.

I had made a few attempts to paint through the years, but always put it away because “life happens”. Now, I am able to paint full time and I am enjoying it immensely.

All my family members were working artists at times during their lives. They created in wood, ice, professional chefs, gourmet meals, metal, stone, pastels, music, sign making, etc. etc. They all have had a tremendous influence in my life.

My older brother, for instance, was an incredible artist and was doing wonderful creative things by the time he was 9 or 10. I believe that he would have become a very well-known artist had he lived past 21.

One of my cousins, Louise, just recently went back to her love of pastels, after putting them aside many years ago, and getting to watch her talent emerge and come alive again, has been amazing.

I feel my older brother Stan with me as I paint, and the other member of my family that is with me is my Uncle Herman. He and my brother were my heros as I grew up. One of my Uncle’s favorite sayings was, “Don’t gild the lily”, and when I am not sure if a painting is done or not, I listen for that statement from him. If I hear it, I know I am done. It has never failed me.

What art I have learned came from my association with the artists in my family.

My paintings come from within me. I never know what will be painted when I start. My ego is not involved in the process. I am both pleased and surprised when a painting is done. That is the fun part for me.

My sincere hope is that you enjoy my art work as much as I do painting them.

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