Harlequin Dance

Donated by Alice and Bill Shapiro

Watercolor and ink on paper

11.25″ x 14.75″

Signature: bottom right

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My parents raised me with an appreciation for art and music although a life as an artist would have been out of the question. Being a doctor would have been the more acceptable path to pursue but that was not for me.

I took my first art classes in college and graduated with a BFA in fine arts in 1973. Shortly after marrying in 1974, I convinced my wife to move from San Francisco to New York while I went to graduate school in design. Although I wanted to be an artist, I chose to be a graphic designer as a way to make a living while painting on the side. Design school didn’t last long as I found freelance design work almost from the start. At ABC Television I worked on “Roots” promos plus I designed a few Lincoln Center posters which was exciting.

About the time I turned fifty, I knew I needed to be painting again. A designer friend suggested that I should take Meredith Tromble’s “Painting for Daredevils” at CCA. The class was a life-changing experience for me because it brought me back to the studio life I had missed. Following that class in 2000 I rented my first painting studio in San Francisco.

While raising our son in San Francisco we sent him to the French American International School hoping to give him the tools to communicate wherever he goes. About seven years ago when he dedicated his life to acting, it inspired me to dedicate my life to painting, and I have done everything since then to make that possible. My wife and son are my inspiration.

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