Every Friday night after the high school games, we would cruise Broadway and then go to Yaw's for a Top Notch Burger and fries with gravy. This is a scene repeated across the country during the fifties and sixties, but here in Portland at Yaw's we had Tootsie Roll Bob, an off duty Portland patrolman who would greet the kids with a free Tootsie Roll. He kept order and the kids and parents loved him!
I began painting as a child. My mother would giive me pictures to copy,not trace. She would draw wedding cakes, high heel shoes, couples dancing and never a car or truck. She had been a commercial artist during the nineteen thirties and never stopped encouraging me in the arts. After high school I went to California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco . After art college I returned to Portland, Oregon to pursue the art of dentistry. I retired from dentistry last year, but I hope to keep painting until I can no longer hold a brush. I paint realism, but mostly I paint "realism with an attitude." I love the ability to enhance what I see with an emphasis on color and light. You'll see colors that might not be so vivid in real life, contrasts...
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