About me I moved here when I was only 6 years old from New York. Art didn’t really interest me when I was a child, and I didn’t start painting until I was 30. My sister died in a car crash, and …
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I moved here when I was only 6 years old from New York. Art didn’t really interest me when I was a child, and I didn’t start painting until I was 30.
My sister died in a car crash, and she had just started painting. I was really influenced by my best friend at the time who was a painter, and she was going to school for painting. I thought it was amazing, because she would do these large-scale abstracts. I started playing with house paints and thought I would try painting on a canvas. I took my painting to my best friend, and she thought it was awesome.
I told my stepfather about it, and he gave me my sister’s art supplies. Suddenly, I had this set of oil paints, acrylics and brushes.
It was really strange, because when I started painting with the oils, it felt very familiar. I started to have déjà vu and I had never used the oils before. I felt like my sister was sort of there, and I just worked through my grief with painting.
I started experimenting with no expectations, and that’s the key to anything, I think. Then, the things I was painting started to improve.
Life in 40 West Arts District
For nine years, I had Landt Creative Space, my art studio, in the Santa Fe Art District. I thought 40 West Arts District would be a great place to move my studio since I already live in Lakewood.
I usually teach in acrylics, and I do some oil classes. I love watching people create and learn and have those “aha moments.” I have classes about three to five times a week.
It’s awesome to have residents in here. It’s nice, because there are so many art places around here. First Fridays are great, because they’re so easy and approachable. I think everyone is really friendly. We’re very open and accepting.
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