Artwork by David J. Ford
I have been an artist all of my life.
My earliest memories are of drawing image of Snoopy at age 5. Since then, I have dabbled in all kinds of art: drawing, photography, cartoons, digital photo manipulation, acrylic painting, sculpting etc., but it has always had to be something that I did after work or in my spare time or when I was feeling well. (I suffer from a chronic disability.)
However, my focus has now changed. Eighteen months ago, for my 50th birthday, my sister treated me to a 4 day trip to Florence, Italy and when I saw the Masters and their beautiful artwork, in the galleries of Florence, I was completely hooked. I have always admired the old masters and their art in books and online, but to see their art up close and in person, was a true revelation, a re-awakening. You might even say I experienced my own renaissance!
I returned home with a strong desire to paint like the masters and promptly purchased oil paints, brushes and canvases as funds would permit. I have pursued oil painting since then, joining a local class and learning many techniques, but so far, I have not learned any of the true Renaissance art techniques and I am anxious to move in that direction now!
The snag is that I have this chronic disability which prevents me from attending full time classes and also prevents me from working consistently. An online, work at your own speed, course would be perfect for me and my lifestyle.
When I learned that you were offering a chance to win access to your Academy, I knew that I had to apply.
I am unsure why people should vote for me over any of the other artists who applied. We are all deserving of the opportunity to learn! All I can say is, I feel the need to paint like the old Masters. Its in my heart and soul.