The Artist's Journal

Caring for Your Art

If you do nothing to care for your art, you can expect over time that your beloved work will eventually look like the “Man with the Mustache” painting pictured above that Miriam purchased in New York City in the 1950s. This work will likely cost several thousand dollars of conservation to bring it back to

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Art Materials: On Paper

I have been asked what type of paper I use for pastels. Over the years I’ve tried many different types of paper but these are the ones I keep coming back to: Canson colored sheets Canson and Strathmore roll of grey and brown paper Wallace paper in rolls for large works and a German brand

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Art Influences: Edouard Manet

People have asked which artists inspired my work the most. Having painted for over 60 years, the people you most admire and are influenced by changes. However, there are always some artists that you always their work. I would say that Edouard Manet is my favorite of a period even though I admire Claude Monet’s

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Reflections: The Farnsworth School of Art

I learned more about painting at the Farnsworth’s School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. I was down there about six months. Jerry Farnsworth was a great admirer of El Greco, and it showed in his work. Also he was the first painter I have run across that scraped the canvas down after a session. It

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Reflections: Art Workshops

Workshops around the country significantly influenced my art along with museums. Workshops, if one stayed a week or two, were a holiday—a time to meet other artists and have a wonderful teaching experience. The best part of some of the workshops are the places you stay, and seeing another part of the country. I learn

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Reflections: Burnsville Painting Classes

My favorite place was the “Burnsville Painting Classes” (SeeCelo) in North Carolina. John Bryan and Everret Kivette were teachers there who took over the classes started by Frank Stanley Herring and his wife, Frances. I attended classes there in the summer for two weeks over the course of ten years. The criticism was frank but

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Reflections: Undergraduate at the University of Alabama

From 1953 to 1957 I attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Coming from a large city (Birmingham, Alabama) with no art museum at that time, I was fortunate to have a father who loved to travel and was an amateur photographer, an aunt that taught ceramic

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