Artwork by David J. Ford
… 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. …