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I have been an artist from the first time I held a crayon in my hand! I started out as a "crayon wielding wall artist!"
My mom reminds me from time to time of the wall drawings I used to do with my crayons. As a teen I actually used drawing paper, instead of her walls!
When I was presented with my first "oil painting by numbers" set, I left the walls alone. My dad and I would paint for what seemed like hours. I loved the smell of the oil paint. I loved swirling my small paint brush in the small bucket like paint holders. And I loved applying the different colors to the numbers on the board.
I attended The High School of Art and Design in NYC. It was there that I discovered acrylic painting; I started to sign my work using my family nickname "Toota" (that's another story), and I haven't looked back!