A blog of art

By riverdogstudio

October 3, 2011

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I’ve been an artist almost my entire life.  I painted my first oil painting, a still life of an apple and an orange, when I was 7 years old. My mother was a painter and sold many paintings and portraits on commission during my childhood. She was mostly a self-taught artist in her medium of choice-oil painting.

I received a degree in studio art from Principia College, having attended other reputable art schools along the way: University of North Texas, Massachusetts College of Art, and The Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe.  I would say much of what I have learned has been about learning to see as much as anything else.  That and practice with the tools that I use: paint, paint brushes, canvas, paper, pastels, clay, camera.  It often comes down to finding a process that will get the result that I see in my mind’s eye.  Quite often happy accidents are my favorite passages in paintings.

For the past half year I have been posting paintings and photos on facebook for my friends to see what I am doing.  Finally, with some encouragement from family and friends (you know who you are!) I have decided to commit to a public website and blog to talk about making art and sell the art I make.  I hope you come back often and enjoy what you read and see.  Feel free to join the conversation.