I had never touched a paintbrush when I accepted the responsibility of managing The Working Art Gallery in 2006. From the day I started at the gallery, I was impressed by the original oil paintings that our guest artists brought in. In a very short time I learned to appreciate fine art and wondered if I could learn to paint. I told Celene Farris – one of the gallery’s two owners – that I was interested in trying my hand at painting with oils. She suggested that I join her oil painting classes.
On my first awkward attempts at stroking dabs of oil onto a canvas under Celene’s critical eye and no-nonsense supervision, I managed to complete my first painting. Celene liked what I did; she said that I had a natural talent and suggested that I take oil painting seriously. In the following months, she taught me the basics of painting with oils, showed me how to see things as an artist, and loaned me art books and magazines to study. I was persuaded to exhibit my work at the gallery to see what kind of response I would get from visiting art lovers. Amazingly, two of my paintings sold in the first week. Encouraged by the positive response and comments received, I continued to study and paint.
I love to paint and hope you will enjoy seeing my work.