My informal art education began with my father’s line drawings demonstrating the principles of perspective. My more formal art education began at J.H.S. 80 when my artistic potential was recognized and I was placed in what was referred to as a “special art” class. How fortunate to have attended public school at a time when art and music classes were not considered time consuming “extras” but part of a well-rounded curriculum! Subsequently I attended The High School of Music and Art and was a Fine Arts major at Hunter College. After an almost 40 year professional career as an educator, administrator, college adjunct lecturer, and office holder in various professional organizations I retired from my “day job” in 2003. Although part time work continued for the next few years, I am now fully retired and have time to pursue interests which until recently were “on the back burner”.
I now take drawing and watercolor classes on a regular basis—balancing the discipline of portrait and figure drawing classes, with the more spontaneous nature of watercolor painting.
As I refine my drawing and painting techniques I am mindful that “art” is a process; a “masterpiece” is not the result of a first effort—but just as in writing, there is always a first draft with opportunities to revise. Patience!
Retirement has also afforded me the time to travel, most recently to Costa Rica, Israel, Italy, and Yellowstone National Park which have become the inspiration for many of my paintings.
Dorothy Resnick Feldman