Art Silver - Painting
My mother talked on the phone a lot and while she talked, she doodled. She mostly drew pretty women with fancy hairdos, but other things too. This was why I began to draw and was my introduction to a creative lifestyle.
Both my brother and I drew and painted from an early age. Our sister took after our father and had (other fine qualities). In high school, I was one of the few males to take art class. I also played guitar in a garage band. In college, I studied child psychology and the only art related class that I took was photography, but I was never without a sketchbook close by. After graduation, I founded and worked in a day care center. At this time, I felt a need to pursue my artistic side. I applied and was accepted to Massachusetts College of Arts as a sculpture major. Although I enjoyed my sculpture classes, I was most influenced by my life drawing classes.
The next 40 years involved moving to Springfield, starting a family, managing Prairie House Gallery and running my own business. Throughout that time, I have taken many life drawing classes with many wonderful teachers at SAA, PAA, UIS, and LLCC. I also took classes in ceramics, and designed sets for Springfield High School theatre. In 2004, I was fortunate to have a show of my drawings at the Prairie Art Alliance gallery. Now that I have retired, I am studying painting and drawing at Lincoln Land. I am playing the guitar again and also ukulele and mandolin. The work that I am presenting to you are recent results of my experiences, influences, and education. I hope you enjoy viewing them.