It is perfect!

It’s picture perfect!

When I was little, I couldn’t play with other kids because of my disability. My mom would always try to find ways to occupy my time so I wouldn’t get lonely. The easiest thing she could do was to give me a paper and pencil. That’s when my art career started.

In the beginning, I would usually draw things I liked, like trees, roses and female faces with lots of makeup (there was a specific commercial I loved watching where a woman would show how she applied her makeup. My female faces would always start out plain and I would draw the makeup on in steps just like the gal on TV).

After a while I started really looking at objects around me like rocks, dead leaves and bugs. I could literally draw flies!

Even though the physical act of drawing was difficult for me as I got older, the drawings got better and better. My slow loss of strength and endurance brought a gift to me, and that gift was precision. I started spending more time just looking at the object and studying it rather than wasting precious energy sketching. It was the easiest thing in the world to do – just looking with my eyes. I saw so many textures and colors, lights and darks and shapes, and shapes connecting to shapes. Visually taking something in is neither physical nor strenuous. I could do this all day with my hands tied behind my back!

As time went on, my artwork became more and more detailed and amazing to others. I learned that the easiest way to achieve the most perfect picture is to spend at least 50% of my time just studying my subject. The more familiar you become with it, the better chance you have of creating an acceptable and precise piece of art.

Just take your time and do the best you can. Trust me, if I can do this, so can you.


  1. All thekids should of been inside admiring your beautiful talent. Your so amazing Karen.

  2. Linda Snyder says:

    Just one question. Was the fly flying or had it met its demise?

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