Artist Donald Goodearl

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As a five-year-old child I spent seven months in bed with rheumatic fever.  That confinement turned out to be a blessing as it launched my life-long love of art.  I entertained myself during those long months by drawing and coloring.    Much later, when choosing a more practical career, I became a high school math teacher, teaching at both public and private Christian schools for about ten years.

During my junior year as an undergraduate at what was then Plymouth Teachers College in New Hampshire, I had the privilege of studying drawing with Karl Dreup, an American Master, and wished I had majored in art.   Fifteen years later I returned to what was now called Plymouth State College (currently, it is Plymouth State University) and studied sculpture and drawing with Robert Morton and Annette Mitchell.

Practicality still required that I set art aside except as a part-time hobby.  For the next couple of decades I worked with my husband and son in a family-owned telecom business until finally retiring.  At long last I could focus on what I loved to do since childhood.  Coupling my love of art with a love for animals, especially horses, and the ability to capture likenesses in portraits of family and friends, I have concentrated on these subjects in oil, clay, and encaustics.

I am a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association.

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