Artist Gregory Horndeski

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I became interested in art when I visited Europe in 1969, after my junior year of college. The tour began with a three week stop in Amsterdam.  While I was looking for things to do there, I came across a poster announcing  van Gogh's work at the Stedlich--the van Gogh Museum had not been built yet. I had heard about van Gogh, but didn't know much about him. So I went to the Stedlich and was immediately taken aback by what I saw. I had never seen anything in my life like his work and spent hours examining it. From that experience I  realized what I should be doing with my life--and that was painting.  I really felt that I had the natural ability to paint, without ever having done anything like that, and that I could paint any time I wanted to. However, I had just finished my junior year of college at Washington University in St.Louis, and was doing very well in my major, which was physics.  So I did not have the heart to tell my parents that I was going to drop out of physics--which I also really liked--to become a painter.  After all, I failed the only art course I ever took, which was 8th grade art, and I got a D minus in wood working, which I needed to make my future frames. So I filed away in the back of my mind that if I ever got tired of math. and physics, I knew that I could always paint, but now was not the time to make the switch.   I continued with my studies in math. and physics, and in 1973 I got my Ph.D. in Applied Math. at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. After receiving that degree, the University of [...]

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