Doree Kemler is my mom. She is a 96 year old artist, and she is not computer savvy, so I have created this site for her.
| 21 June, 2011 19:12
Eventually, I will introduce her to her blog. Perhaps she will enjoy writing a blog for her site. Perhaps, she won't want to bother with it, so I will take a moment and put down some words for her.
I'm not into blogs, so this will be short.
As far back as I can remember, my mother was interested in art. I remember that when my siblings and I were small children, our mother would, occasionally, paint with oils on small canvasses, but those paintings are long gone.
Our parents separated while we were still young children, and later, they divorced. We weren't rich, and my father was not a "good provider" -nor did he provide much child support, so our mother worked a full time job to support us while we grew up.
I believe it was when she, eventually, retired that she began to spend some serious time painting. She soon switched from oils to acrylics because she was such a prolific painter that she wanted to hurry up to finish with one painting in order to start her next one.
So most of her work has been done in the past 30 years.
Most of all, now, she would like to feel that her work is appreciated, which means that she is anxious to see it sell. She has sold some paintings over the years, but I believe that the rate at which her work sells is discouraging for her. She has painted them so much faster than they have sold. Her paintings are piling up. My guess is that she has a few hundred paintings stored throughout her house. I believe, though, that she has been painting less lately, not because of her age (she is a virtual energizer bunny), but because she is getting discouraged.
I suspect that someday her paintings will be highly valued. I hope she lives to see that day.