Artist Karlyn Good

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Why I Am an Artist 
I often ponder why I am an artist. As a child, I loved drawing and I remember being told how good I was. Yet, when it came to picking a career track, I was told that it was impractical and was encouraged to become a teacher. While at the University of Illinois, I realized that this was not the right path for myself and switched my major to painting and drawing. This decision resulted in my parents cutting off any financial support. I still managed to get my fine arts degree and I eagerly embarked on a career as a production artist at an advertising studio in Chicago. Paste-up, layout, illustration and printing broadened my skills.
I had the opportunity to move to beautiful Marin County in California where I still reside today. Over time, as children and a family business became the center of my life, my painting and art materials gathered dust. As much as I relished these roles, there was always a void in my life. A fundraiser for my children’s school motivated me to unearth my art supplies and submit my first “Pet Portrait” for auction. People loved it and I was thrilled.
However, it wasn't until recently, with my marriage dissolved and my kids grown, that I gathered the courage to return to my art. Just as I believed I was finally on the right path and was building momentum, I received a frightening diagnosis. I have Parkinson's disease.
How would I, an artist who loves detail, be able to continue my art with tremors? With the encouragement of my loving son, daughter, and family, I have continued. In March of this year (as life dramatically shifted due to Covid),  I pulled out a large canvas and started my first painting in years. Four months and thousands of strokes later, I created the most detailed painting of my life and the healing process began.
What I have learned [...]

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