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My Story As An Artist.

by MILLIEGIFTSMITH , August 28, 2009—12:00 AM

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I'd like to tell you a little about myself and how I became an artist. When I was 12 years old I received A watercolor set and paper. It was the most wonderful thing I had ever received. My sister and I made paper dolls for all the kids in the neighborhood. We drew and designed beautiful dresses for them . When I was in school, I practiced drawing cartoon characters and imagined working for Walt Disney. I took every art course I could. I realized then that painting was my dream. My art teacher encouraged me to go to art school, but I did'nt have the money. I knew I would have to find some way to teach myself. When I met my husband---a jazz musician--- I put aside my desire to be an artist. But when my children were young and my husband was working nights, the yearning to be an artist returned. I started drawing with pastels on black velvet paper. I did a lot of Japanese scenes and sold some. Later, I worked as a teacher's aide. Since the school didn't have an art teacher, I was asked to go into the classrooms and teach art. I did this for two years. I also started taking oil painting and watercolor classes offered by excellent local artists. I was driven to learn from every source I could. I attended countless workshops and even started to do my own demonstrations. I often stayed up late at night to finish a painting. Eventually I left my job and started teaching art classes in my home. I found that the more I painted the more I improved. I framed my work and entered many shows. This painting on the blog is one of my first palette knife paintings I did in oil. I loved capturing the nostalgia of old barns and houses. Every painting I do is from my heart and has a special meaning to me. Painting is like being in love. It's always on my mind and everything I see becomes a painting in my eyes. I admit it is hard work and a struggle to afford the supplies, but it's worth it all to me. Over the years I have sold hundreds of my work and have become well known in my area. But I still strive to be better and paint that one great work of art that I feel I have left in me. I raised three children and my first husband died in 1998. I have since married again and have more time now to paint. For me, there is no occupation that could make me happier than being an artist. Milliegiftsmith/artid




  Timothy Gray ( homepage )

08/30/2009 * 21:20:35

I enjoyed reading your story, and I enjoy looking at the pictures you paint. As a child I also drew cartoon characters and dreamed of working with Walt Disney. It never happened but I still love to draw and paint. Keep up the good work I love your paintings.


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