By Ruth Boyles
I started painting at the Dunmore Activity Center about five years ago. Before this time my drawings were stick figures.
I have always been interested in many kinds of artistic things. My mom, who was a gifted crocheter and embroiderer, tried to encourage me in crocheting and I did cross stitching and knitting, and eventually I did crochet an afghan blanket.
I felt there was an artist inside me that just needed to be taught how. Dave Smith, a friend from my church who is a wonderful artist, invited me to come to the class at the center. That was about 25 paintings ago.
Jill Swersie has been a wonderful teacher. She has been a great help–as we work on our paintings, she will ask what we are desiring to do and then help us to get that particular effect.
Jill has also taught us in sketch class how to use various other mediums such as charcoal, pastels, watercolors and acrylics painting on various surfaces. We have even dabbled in clay sculptures with her leadership.
We have a great time visiting with each other, too, and have developed some lasting friendships with the men and women in the class. We also learn different techniques from each other regarding our painting.
I especially enjoy painting buildings, barns, lighthouses and winter scenes which I will make into Christmas cards. I have donated a painting for a fund-raiser but often give my paintings away to those I know will enjoy them.
I have a few hanging in my home. It’s fun to look back on the first ones and compare to where I am now. Many of the folks I paint with have sold their paintings in various shows and First Friday events here in Scranton. We have also taken part in plein air painting events.