Artist Robert Kurtz

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I had an interest in art at an early age and received some recognition and awards, with one of my paintings going to Japan as part of a cultural exchange..  One opportunity as an elementary school student was an invitation to participate in Saturday morning classes at the Toledo Art Museum in Ohio.  After class I would wander around the museum looking at paintings and ancient artifacts.  I was fascinated by it.  As I got older I just dabbled around when a drawing or poster needed to be made, and it wasn't until my mid-twenties that I tried my first oil painting.  I made up a scene in my mind and painted away. The result was horrible.  I would like to blame it on the cheap brushes and paint, but realistically I needed instruction and coaching.
I didn't try oil painting again until my mid-forties and this time I found a teacher.  "Smitty" worked out of a garage and had his students finish a painting in a couple of hours.  I got hooked on being able to create something on canvas.  Then while at some friends' house in Saratoga, CA I saw a beautiful painting on their living room wall that looked like it came out of the Smithsonian Museum.  I asked where they got it and they said it was painted by Stefan Baumann who had been the lady's teacher.  I tracked him down and immediately starting going to his classes.  He helped me a lot in learning how to paint and I was happy with the results right away.  As I let other time commitments steal away my painting and instruction time, it became a secondary hobby with me, only doing one or two paintings a year.   I wish now that I had gone to Stefan's classes more consistently [...]

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