Ilona Brustad

The tiny flame of ART was fanned into a fire by my junior high school art teacher (Miss VanPoplin! ) Her love of art was contagious. To earn a living, however, I chose to teach English as a Second Language until I retired. During my teaching years I took evening drawing and painting classes to earn my BFA in painting. When I retired from teaching, I turned to art full time.
I have always considered myself a painter. Even as I experimented with new media – oil paint, pastel, acrylic paint, mosaics, and collage, my work has been being loosely realistic. I want to say something about my subject, to tell a story, which I can do best when there is a realistic element.

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