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In the sixth grade, somewhere in the late 1950's, I had to do a 30 page geography folder on South America.  To fill the pages, I elected to create a many  pictures.  The artwork was much more fun that the research and the text.  I recall to this day, drawing a picture of a fish.  I called it a wolf shark, but had never really heard of such a fish.  When I got my graded report back, the teacher had specifically commented on my wonderful depiction of the wolf shark.  It was that moment that I felt the  encouragement to continue drawing.  Through my following years of school, I took the path of Drafting, Mechanical Design, Technical Sketching, and Technical Illustration.  At the end of the college year, my professor handed me a note with a name and phone number.   This led me to a job with Hughes Aircraft in their Technical Drawing department.  Soon after I got a job at Douglas Aircraft in their Technical Art department.  It was over 30 years later that I finally broke into the fine arts with my first set of oil Paints and canvases.


For the last 20 years, Oil on Canvas has been my primary artistic focus.  My training came through experimentation.  I soon realized that the most enjoyable part of creating art was actually the experimentation...the delving into the previously unknown areas of creativity.  I started experimenting with everything that crossed my path like lathe work, scroll saw, acrylics, oil pastels, watercolor, gel pens, spar varnish, enamels, etc.
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