Jean Louise Hord
My short college stint was a major in Commercial Art and Interior Design. I thoroughly enjoyed the enlightenment of learning to create. My first payment for art, to earn money for Christmas presents, was to paint and sell designer rocks; they were a big hit in 1968!
One of my roommates had to sell her beloved horse as her family fell into financial decline. I made a watercolor portrait of her “Royal Rocket” so she would always have him near. That same spring for my parents anniversary, I painted them my first clipper ship using acrylics.
Starting a business career, I noted the blank walls in our offices and asked the owner if I could paint some pictures to make our interior more aesthetically pleasing. We worked out a deal where the owner purchased all my supplies and I volunteered my time and talent.
During these years I was able to design a corporate logo for my boss’s new business adventures including a golf course. This was all gratis on my own time and greatly satisfying.
One of our distributors loved my office paintings and ask me to paint a oil clipper ship. I gladly made him the same deal, you pay for my supplies, my time was free. I painted a ¾ view of a ship on a 36 X 48 canvas for his office.
Life got busier with a manufacturing procurement career and family. Over the years I would continue to dabble in various forms of art: ceramics, stained glass, oil pastels, mosaics, jewelry , etc.
I am now retired and delving into my art passion. I have taken up abstract art in acrylic and have future plans to use resin and acrylic. My current acrylic is using fluid acrylics with pours, dirty pours, swipes, etc.