Paintings by DebiLynn Fendley
I’m a 53 year old artist who lives, breathes, and sleeps art but is still forced to have a day job to pay the bills. I have three graduate degrees, one of them an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. I am single, and art is truly all I have in life. I have sacrificed much, including any chance at a social life or normal familial relationships to make art.
Although I studied art in college, the formal practice of oil and academic painting was not part of what I learned. I think this has left a huge deficit in what I do as an artist. I know in theory the proper way to work with oils, but the demonstration I need to have confidence in pursuing academic painting has eluded me.
I want to continue learning about the historical techniques of the old masters in order to pursue oil painting in an archival way. I have mastered watercolor and acrylics, but oil painting is king. It is and always has been more revered than any other media.
I think the Old Masters Academy appears to be a valuable resource for those people like me who cannot have access to atelier training. Though it cannot fully substitute for on site training, it definitely offers an in depth look at the work of the masters and offers instruction in archival methods of painting. I’d like to win the course in order to study these methods.
People should vote for me because I feel like this course could only enhance my current understanding of art and art history and allow me to bring something of that into my current work. I do not make enough money to treat myself to something like this, and to win the course would be an emotional boost for me right now.