My first artistic endeavor occurred at the age of approximately two an a half , when I decided to do a “mural” on the living room wall; my chosen medium being a red crayon. While my mother didn’t appreciate my choice of substrates, she did, nonetheless, encourage me to continue expressing myself creatively. ( On tablet paper, that is!)
While I‘ve never had any formal art training, I won’t say that I’m “self-taught”; the fact is that I’ve learned quite a bit from “TV artists”, books, demonstrations by local painters, and the advice of artistic friends .
My paternal grandmother was an artist, so I will have to attribute my abilities in part to "good genes".
In addition to being an artist, I have, at various times, been a sign-painter, a calligrapher, a freelance graphic designer, and a how-to writer. (Any of you who are model railroaders may already be familiar with my name; my scale structures and accompanying articles have been published in Model Railroader Magazine.) I also custom-painted model railroad equipment for a number of years, but have discontinued that in order to pursue artwork full-time.