Artwork by Carollyne Sinclaire
As a child I loved to draw and paint, rushing home from school to watch The John Nagy Learn to Draw show. On Saturdays I attended a children’s class at the Vancouver School of Art but then, in my teens, my confidence eroded.
I have always been self-critical but I was also joined by an art teacher who did not encourage my efforts, telling me not to proceed in his “field”. I dropped it all, just like that. Over time, I would take a drawing class or a painting class and my enthusiasm would soar . . . and then land again. There seemed to be no purpose for my work.
When I became a classroom teacher in elementary schools, I always enjoyed teaching art and realized that it was neither a waste of time for my students nor for me.
Due to a health situation I retired early and took up drawing and painting on a near daily basis. As we have moved to a small town the only instruction I can receive is online and I feel that with my time limited, my time would be best spent learning from the best–the Old Masters Academy. Whether I pursued this still of painting or not I would learn the underlying techniques and be able to apply them. I have done considerable reading, some online classes but none of these seem to deeply address painting like an old master to the degree I want to learn. As I have the time and the passion to learn, I hope that people will vote for me.