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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things. But the inward significance. Aristotle

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Alley Cat Allies

My formal art education began in the 9th grade. My art teacher, Dan Christoffel inspired students for decades as a high school art teacher. In fact, the work I do today began in that 9th grade class.

I majored in art in High School. I began my college art training at S.U.N.Y., New Paltz in upstate New York and completed a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing in 1982 at the Philadelphia College of Art.

I returned from Philadelphia and worked at an art supply store. There, I learned more than any art school could teach about materials for artists, the choices, qualities, and options. I gained an appreciation for the best materials and how to find them. In 1985, I decided to continue my art training. I needed a dose of full out studio time and concentration. I received my M. F. A. from Pratt Institute in Painting and Art History in 1988. There, I fine tuned my technique, learned how to talk about my work and knew once and for all, that art was my best form of communication.

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