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                                               ONGOING EDUCATION

      I TEACH an art class on Tuesday evening, and I also study art. Why?  Because ongoing education is a good thing!  We all have room to learn and one of my teachers has been a professional artist for many years!  She is an IMPRESSIONIST who is a former illustrator.  Her mother and uncle were professional artists as well.  She was weaned on art,  LOL! and has had many years of formal art education.  Her paintings used to be more realistic, what most illustrators do, and what I do, but she got tired of it.  She craved the freedom of impressionism and so broke free to pursue her dream.  She is represented by many galleries and owns her own as well.

     Her name is Mary Hubley. I've studied under her because she knows things I need to learn, and she has refined my art.  Many professionals work with one another as it sharpens their skills, and just as in the work arena where ongoing education is good for skill building, so it is in art.  I tend to be very "tight" in my painting, so  Mary has helped me to loosen up and paint more impressionistic in style.  I really enjoyed it and she has been very good for building my level of confidence.  Oh, yes, we ALL need that from time to time.  Especially when we get stuck on a painting, and we all have done that before too, right?

     Several of my better paintings were created under her tutelage and for that I am grateful.  She has become a friend and she happens to be a very nice person, and a great teacher!  I try to emulate her style of teaching.  She allows the student freedom of choice,  and she never scolds, only encourages.
And she laughs a lot!  She makes class a lot of fun.  That's what I try to do as well.

     Some of the paintings I did in her class are below. Enjoy and thank you so much for looking!



"ST MARK'S LIGHTHOUSE"
St. Mark's River, FL
9 x 12
Acrylic

SOLD



"MONARCH"
8 X 10
Acrylic

SOLD



"THE BAIT SHACK"
"Scenes of St. Augustine" series
8 x 10
Acrylic



"FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN"
Tribute to Ireland
8 x 10
Acrylic

SOLD


"JAPANESE MAPLE"
8 X 10
Acrylic

SOLD



"GRACEFUL LANDING"
'Scenes of St. Augustine' series
11 X 14
Acrylic
























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