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“Canvas, paint, brushstroke: a work of art… a story…”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

It pleases me to acknowledge that I did not have a problem remaining an artist – perhaps because I haven’t grown up yet. Just kidding. The truth be told, I was born with the ability to draw pictures, the gift of gab, and an innate, quirky sense of humor. These gifts surfaced early in my childhood and have served me well on my Greek-American storytelling odyssey. Picasso also said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary,” which inspires me to share some of my works of art. Of course there is a story that goes with each one, the question is when will I write them down. Alas, it continues to be a challenge for me to place my stories on paper – I much prefer to set the stage with a painting or two and TELL my stories. Maybe I’ll get to it one day, stay tuned for the stories…meanwhile forgive the hodge-podge format of this my 4th blog (the best I can do at the moment). Before I hit publish: “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

1. India ink drawing (1st grade); 2. Oil on canvas:  “Vietnam, 1971 – A child waits and thinks…”3. Oil on canvas: “Lady of Paros: the quintessential yiayia of my memory painted in 1968 who continues to inspire me and sets the stage for my  programs when I talk about “A Greek Grows in Brooklyn…”

Landthorn drawing


Vietnamese Child


Provincetown 2002


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