"Ah Like Dat!" creationswww.ArtPal.com/pmalbrough
When I was five years old and in the first grade the nun who was my first teacher caught me doodling. She was a very learned person I believe... she took one look at what I was doing and rather than scold me she told me she wanted me to draw objects for the bulletin board. She had me draw the letters of the alphabet, then words we were learning, animals that the words described and other objects associated with those words. I have been drawing ever since. During the next five years I drew for every bulletin board at that school. In the second grade I had a crush on a little girl in my class and I was very shy. I started drawing her face over and over and found books that taught me to split the face into thirds... I began to progress. By the end of the second grade I almost had that technique but I continued into the third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and by the sixth grade I was actually doing her portrait pretty well. I had learned to shade and started the process of 3d illusion. My muse and I parted after the sixth and I can not remember if I ever gave her one of the many attempts I made... I never saw her again. In the seventh I found another muse, a more serious crush. Think she ended up with one of my many attempts though I was so shy I may not have given one to her. That was my first six years in a school setting.
I finally got brave enough to try painting when I was 15 or 16[1966/67?]. My older brother[RIP]Patrick was a fantastic painter at 18 r 19. He was a terrific taxidermist: the colors on the fish he were exquisite and so accurate. Anyhow I borrowed some paint from him[with his permission] to try. There was a contest for 'Q-Tip' and u had to do a painting with... u guessed it 'Q-Tips'. I got so frustrated trying to do something I watched Pat do with ease... I gave up for a time. Until I could afford some brushes and acrylics, Pat worked with oils. He died the year I graduated... I unfortunately don't think of him often. I did not really know him and I would have liked to... I believe he was a good person.
Over the ensuing years I gave away more than I sold. Finally entered a university at the ripe age of 38... spent money and 7 years learning alot I did not know and I wanted to know everything. The greatest thing I learned, 'You can't know everything!' Before I graduated from NSU I was doing portraits and building a business based on every thing I learned over a lifetime until tragedy of life struck my mother and I put my business aside to take care of her until she passed away... 10 or 11 months of not being able to work the business, I lost what I had built up.
It took me going through a triple bypass and my back giving out then 4 yrs in a major depression until my grandson asked, "Why Pawpaw you are not making art anymore?" 2012 and the voice of God, I thought, through that ten year old was telling me to quit feeling sorry for myself and do what I gave you to do! The next year I am online and I working again.
I do accept inquiries about my work: 1-985-208-6934 serious inquiries only. Also if in the area stop in my home studio at 1120 Acadian Drive, Houma, Louisiana. Love the company!