I enrolled in my first art class in over 20 years in 2006. Gallery 194 had been open less than a year and we were just starting to develop some art class offerings. The exhibit at the time was "Figure and Form" featuring work by Marnie Fender and Ginger Scobie. Marnie agreed to teach a charcoal portrait drawing workshop using a live model as a subject. I was involved in scheduling and promoting the class, and procuring the supplies, so why not enroll in order to round out my learning experience on all that goes into offering classes?
Marnie is an accomplished artist and a great teacher. She refreshed my memory of some of the basics I had learned many years ago. I came out of the class with two charcoal sketches and promptly put them away - the class was fun, but I wasn't quite hooked yet. Two years later I completed one of the drawings, even though I could no longer even remember what the model looked like.
Now when I look at this drawing and compare it to my more recent portraits I can see how my drawing has evolved over the past few years.
Figure and Form exhibit at Gallery 194 in 2006; drawings by Marnie Fender and sculpture by Ginger Scobie