Did you ever feel like a square peg in a round hole? Most artists do growing up.
Attending college at the University of Texas was an eye opener for me! There, I found my niche.
I was introduced to graphite powder, texture boards, gouache, silverpoint and so much more. I made collages from textures of wood, woven bamboo, even my artist smock was morphed into rock-like formations.
Gibbs Milliken was my life drawing professor for two years. He influenced me with his simple paintings of weeds growing in cracks in the sidewalk and feathers hanging from a string.
This is acrylic and gold leaf on linen done by Kelly Fearing in 1968. It is as relevant today as it was in 1968 because he understood the medium and how to manipulate it. I was educated to explore mediums and understand their properties, not to use a "kit"approach and then be frustrated when something goes wrong.
Kelly Fearing showed me there is art in everything and gave me his passion for color.
Without these two men, I would not be who I am today. Who's mentoring you?