Paintings by Suzanne Parent
Years ago I lived in an 1100 sq. ft. house with my parents and sister. I was 12 years old and did my homework in the basement on an old wood desk. Behind me just below the dirt line a small basement size window gave me daylight for just a few hours after school.
I loved to draw animals and buildings. I didn’t have tracing paper so I would carefully look at the shapes and lines and try to copy them. At some point the pictures were to intricate so I made squares on top of the picture and began meticulously following each square. I had no idea then that a similar method was used by Albrecht Dürer. My homework would always be last on my list of things to do. Homework for history class or biology class that required drawing however would be first.
Why do I tell you all this? I am no longer 12, I have a daughter and two grand-children. For my career I chose computers and still work till this day. Never had time to get better like I believe I can or anyone can. It’s a desire. I was never trained in drawing and painting all self-taught. My most pressing challenge is to learn the methods. …