(Me at painting center Don built me)
My painting experience started in 1992 when my son Kevin was home from school, because he was sick and sat on the sofa flipping TV Channels.
He eventually ended up turning to the "Bob Ross Joy of Painting" show. As I walked by, the show caught my eye so I had him leave it there and I sat down to watch it with him.
Deciding it looked easy, so I decided to try my hand at it. I hunted around for the kids' dollar set of water colors, and a piece of construction paper so I could try painting on that first. I decided the finished product didn't look too bad, so I went over to my mother-in-law's, house (she was an oil painting artist) and asked her if I could borrow her oil paints & brushes because I wanted to see if I could paint. She happily lent them to me with the admonition, "oil painting isn't as easy as it looks."
I finished my first oil painting on 10/16/92; I liked it & my family liked it - thus I took all of Audrey's paints and brushes back to her and went to town and bought my own. That small investment has brought me many years of pleasure.
I have since taken private lessons and college classes, and have left the Bob Ross style and developed my own style.
Nature/Landscapes are my favorite subject but I've also done still life, & some abstract.
Recently I had a dream about several paintings I needed to paint - otherwise life settings have been my inspiration.
< Here are a few examples of my work - all are oil on canvas.