Artist Fred Kepler

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I am essentially a self-taught painter.  As long as I can remember I have had an interest in art.  I was always able to draw reasonable likenesses of people, animals, and things.  When I was growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, my father used to take my brother and me to the Cleveland Art Museum on many Sunday afternoons.  As we roamed the galleries I was in awe of the size and number of paintings that were there.  Later after the service, college, and while working full time, I often fantasized about living Gauguin's dream and become a painter.  The responsibilities of providing for a growing family overrode my dream and my focus returned to "real life".  However the fantasy remained.  My first wife who was a very fine watercolorist, died early  in her life in California.  We had two children together.  Fred, who lives in Springfield, OR and Michelle (Shell) who died several years ago.  During my time in California, I watched Helen Van Wyk's weekly demos on PBS television which were filmed in Rockport MA.  At the time I had no idea I would move to the Boston area and meet my present wife Lenore who connected me to Cape Ann.  Lenore shares my passion for art and was aware of my fantasy to be a painter.  For a birthday present she gave me lessons to a weekly painting workshop with Debbie Clarke in Magnolia.  I became a weekend painter.  In the beginning I stained canvases. After I got over the idea of conserving paint, the canvases had more vigor and I became confident enough to enter pieces into the Magnolia Art Festival.  I was euphoric when three of the paintings were sold.  I honestly thought that my art career had taken off.  I took the bit and entered the Marblehead Art Association's annual open show.  [...]

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