26 Jul Gilbert Yzaguirre, 8/11-31
Growing up in the Inland Empire, I showed an early interest in art. I sketched and painted all through elementary, junior and high school. Taking the occasional art class. During that time I also played football for 5 years and graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1975.
After graduation I joined the Painters and Tapers Union and became a union painter. After a 38 year career as a professional construction painter, I retired in 2015. There was a 40 year stretch where I went “dormant” and did not paint or sketch. The reasons for this are varied—working and raising a family.
Just before my retirement I began taking art classes at the Redlands Art Association under Chick Curtis. Since retiring I have devoted much of my time to continuing my painting. I have “rediscovered” the world of art—“the agony and the ecstasy”. I work exclusively in oil and have completed 90 paintings in 4 years.