Having graduated with an MFA in Painting from an American School I was fortunate to have professors who were mostly Abstract Expressionists. The other teachers were a mixed bag of realists, collage specialists and etchers. As I grew up, during the heated Abstract Expressionist period in New York city, I feel that I am attached via social and stylistic trends by the existence of Abstract Expressionism. It represents for me freedom from boundaries and isn't that what the 1960's were all about. I probably have a little Jackson Pollock in my veins. I worked my way through realism, abstraction, fantasy, surrealism and ended up with an expressive fantasy in figures based on the likes of Gustave Klimt and Egon Shield in my last year. (https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/seated-woman-with-legs-drawn-up-adele-herms/8AESfdVxNUsg_g?hl=en&ms=%7B%22x%22%3A0.5%2C%22y%22%3A0.5%2C%22z%22%3A8.742900330766698%2C%22size%22%3A%7B%22width%22%3A2.542404309284689%2C%22height%22%3A1.2374999999999996%7D%7D )
I was particularly good at figures having drawn them for nine hours a week in undergrad school. I liked better to draw them expressively. Actually, all of my painting teachers during my BFA were also American Abstract Expressionists. So, their mode of teaching was encouragement. I don't think they knew any real academic teaching methods accept Tony Doctor who taught us to see values and I loved those black, grey and white images we made then.
It was an exciting and engaging program to be in and I feel that I had found my path. Since those days I know that my background provided me with a real gift to appreciate life in design, art and architecture wherever I went in the world. That is the greatest influence that the study of art had. It formed the basis of my life work as a teacher for 26 years and as an artist for over 45 years. I have also designed my house, my gardens and many odd things over time. I am grateful for having had this opportunity that my parents allowed me. I can paint until I am no longer able.