I live in Stratton, Vermont. It is a little ski town in the south central part of the state. I have an Australian Shepherd, Stroller and a young Border Collie, Quicken. When I'm not painting I'm probably training my dogs.
I studied art at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, MD. The school had everything that I wanted; a strong fine arts program, good coffee and they allowed students to bring their dogs to class. You only need one teacher to have a lasting impact on your life. Mine was the realist painter Israel Hershberg. He taught drawing and painting like a religion. He regularly told students that they had no business being in art school and that they should leave as soon as possible. He was the Strunk and White of the fine arts. “Omit needless content” and “A straight line is a good line” were among his mantras. He demanded that his students study the figure relentlessly upholding the classical tradition that the foundation of all art is good drawing. He was passionate, somewhat arrogant and honest. If he said it was good you knew it was. I have carried his lessons in my back pocket throughout my life and I come back to them regularly. Regardless of what you do with art its principles have timeless truths that never change. It’s good to have something that you can count on.
Favorite Quote: "Nothing happens until something moves." Albert Einstein.
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