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I wonder how many artists have artistic families? I get my hand to eye skills
from my father, who designed the moving walkways at airports during his days as
a Chief Mechanical Engineer. I wrote a blog entry about him and a wonderful
friend of his who supported me when I was first starting out as a full time

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Comment by Carla Bank on January 25, 2013 at 1:34am

My mom could do anything, she was so crafty, she had glitter in her veins. SHe will build furniture, put wall paper all over the house, every time she saw something in a store, like an amazing artistic mirror she will say "I can make that" and come home, cut patterns, take them to the glass store and make a wooden base/cradle to put together that wonderful mirror she saw in the store but in her own version. My dad was an actor, did several movies as the main character, big celebrity when he was younger. His grandmother a writer, his sisters all writers, painters, editors. So yes...I think it runs in the family :) I still get the "you got it from your mom" when people sees my work.

Comment by Virginia Dauth on January 24, 2013 at 6:30pm

No hats but have a nice wooden box that she won as an award from School for her dressmaking talents. Love the pieces of copper jewelry that I have. Alas, in  one of my brothers "get Rid " of moods tossed the wooden head form that my mother used in hat making.

So Sad over that!!

Comment by Wendy Zumpano on January 23, 2013 at 7:38pm

That's so cool, Virginia... do you have any of the hats your mom made?  I would love that.  I have drawings in my hallway that my sons each did around 5-7 years old and one I did around the same age, too.  Fun when it runs in the family.

Comment by Virginia Dauth on January 23, 2013 at 6:27pm

My Mother as well, Was a creative person, Back in the day, she made her own hats ( about in the 30's ) and was able to sew suites, coats,dresses, you name it with perfection. She was also a wonderful knitter, She learn from her mother so she knitted ( in the french style ). She worked in copper and I am lucky to have some of the jewelry. 

As an adult, she would drag us into New York to see monumental pieces of art. I, at the age of 9 remember what a thrill it was to see the Mona Lisa and later also the Pieta. My aunt appreciated fine art, as she work for the Grand Central Art Gallery, NYC. until she retired. I know it sounds corny but from a child I knew that I would be an artist.

PS still have the paint by number, lighthouse scene that I did at 5.

Kudos to all our family members who influenced us in some small or big way.

Comment by Elle Heiligenstein on January 22, 2013 at 2:23pm

I come from an artistic family as well.  My mother is extremely creative.  Whether its decorating, crafting or sewing, something I never learned from her, although I wish now I had, my mother can create or compose about anything.  I remember being little and Halloween would roll around and people were always complimenting our costumes, she made each one by hand with incredible detail.  I also still have and use the Christmas stocking she knitted for me with my name on it the year I was born.  It is 39 years old and still looks brand new.  It hasn't even stretched in the least bit.  So, yes I think some of the artistic qualities can be passed down in the genes.  I didn't realize I had any creative abilities until I was in my 30's though.  It was almost like it had to develop internally before I made my first attempt at art work and then all of a sudden there it was!!!!   

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on January 22, 2013 at 10:26am
I was the first Ph.D and only the second college degree in my family. The odd ball kid that apprenticed as a saddlemaker starting at 15 (1959). Fast forward early 1990s after my mother died I found in her DAR papers Saddlers and harness makers back to New England Colonies. On my dad's side a great uncle owned Kurtz & Hafner harness shop in Bucyrus, OH 1900-1907. I have and use some of his tools. I get my business acumen from him. Got out of harness and into farm implements. Also was into importing Spanish mustangs from Cuba, purebred cattle and farming. It's in the genes IMO

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