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                In Sept 2022 I began teaching one on one art classes to an 8 yr old. His Mom said " I
know you are open minded and I want him to learn from as many open minded people as
much possible" .

           I had just finished the Painted A to Z book . Those letters are hung across a wall
of what were dance mirrors. They are the class curriculum. Underneath the letters are
thoughts and questions from the book. Under those are my students drawings and
paintings. Underneath his pictures are his stories. After he has finished the drawing or painting
alphabet letter picture assignment then draws or paints what he likes for the rest of
class. His picture ideas are wonderful.
         When I'm not teaching art classes I am painting portraits



and astrology story paintings.

         I began painting animals because our younger son asked me to paint a turtle for his son's crib
and one thing lead to another.
The animals became my first A to Z book which was painted on
canvas with acrylics.
It took me a year to paint all the animals and to make them into a book. 
               
Book two Painted A to Z is letters and pictures which were originally painted on felt .
The felt
letters and pictures were too large for little hands and the book was very thick. I
copied the paintings that were on felt and 
made a hard cover paper book for youngsters hands. I
added questions, stories and art projects
 onto each page. I would have loved to have such a
book to read to our three kids while they were growing up.

              The third A to Z book I painted is on canvas fabric. it just came out and I've already started
painting another book.

            My parents, both artists ( Dad was a boatbuilder, designer, boatyard owner, sailor. Mom
was a weaver, cabin designer,
builder, political activist ) never told me not to paint on my
bedroom walls. I began painting
on my childhood walls and kept painting everywhere, on
everything, wherever I lived
.
           
My Dad asked
me once when I was quite young “If you could draw, paint or build anything,
any shape, size, color, of any material, what would it look like?". That question made me never
afraid to try just about anything and to think that if you could imagine anything it could happen.           Whenever I told my Mom an idea she always said “Really? Good ! Go for it“. She never said “
Don’t “. Both of their philosophies of life had a big impact on my views of life and some of 
their 
stories arena my books. 
           My favorite quote I live by is “You never know, anything is possible, dream , try hard, never
give
up, leave no stone un turned “.  
          Mark and I have 6 grandchildren.Bibah is the name our first grandson Bo called me. It stuck.
          My life passion career before I began painting was dance from age 4. Ballet, Modern
dance and Middle Eastern Dance . I ran a Dance
theatre company and 3 different Dancing
Spirit Studios 
for all ages for many years. ,I produced Middle Eastern Dance shows throughout
New
England while performing in Hawaii, Mexico, Turkey, NYC and Bali. 
         Before I stopped teaching and performing I taught a class for adults with extreme special
needs. One of the things I had them do was draw to music. That was beautiful. I think everyone
should paint to music by themselves or with family and friends.

        When I stopped dancing my studio became The Goat Cottage Art airbnb with our then six
goats
. I wasn't painting then but I started a guest art gallery of guests
pictures ,painted or drawn
that I framed and hung. 
The walls became a living art gallery story. I encouraged many people to
paint who said and thought they couldn't . Many guests amazed me and amazed themselves .
I love to amaze
people by inspiring them to do or think things they never thought they could and
 
I love to be amazed by seeing them be amazed at themselves. 
           Now the former dance studio , goat cottage is the Cofvinoarte Studio Gallery

Animals A to Z 2021 on a buoy hung with 380 painted bouys and 816 lights at the Stonington Lobster Trap Christmas Tree ! Amazing. 

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