Most of what I know about art came from my mother. She was a commercial artist. She started L & L Studio in 1947. Creating ad slicks for local merchants and business were her mainstay. She had to reinvent herself as the local paper started giving clipart ads to anyone buying display space larger than 2 colum inches. I became her apprentice when I was there. Hand lettering artwork was very difficult for me, but I did it. Mom made needlesculpted and clay dolls. She was also a master seamstress making a lot of our clothes when I was very young. I have always drawn. In school I was able to paint and use pastels with some proficiency. However, in grade school and high school I was not considered to be that good an artist. I went to as many art workshops as I could afford arranging some sort of employment while there. Regretably my father had to supplement my income on these "Trips To Nowhere!" as my father put it. My father was a railroader. He was a coarse talking person and very blunt in his descriptions of things, views on politics, and the world in general. My first sale of my art made enough to buy two new pedals and a chain for my bicycle when I was ten. My art began to show some promise in high school. I was asked to participate in an art history class. There were several who were asked to do paintings from old historic photographs of sites in Logansport. There are two of my works now part of the permenant collection of the Cass County Histerical Society. I sold a number of drawings to my classmates in high school. In college the talent pool was much greater but, I made a conection with Greenbriar Press. They liked my watercolor illustrations and pen and ink work. They continued to buy them untill July 1990. I have done all knds of things to support my family. A good part of my working career was sales related. I sold my art, automobiles, boilers, candles, oil, shoes, Zeibart coatings. .Not all of my jobs were art or even art related. My oil paintings now sell for $17.50 / square inch unframed when they sell. On average it is difficult to do work that is less than $1000.00. The economy has slowed sales but when it picks up so will sales. I still do portraits in oil and other work when commissioned. Both my wife and I are disabled now but I still paint.