"Mitch" by David Leffel 1985
Becoming an artist requires a lot of help along the way. Watercolor was his first love. That week with Val Thelin and a resulting friendship was a great start. After he resigned, he was fortunate to begin studying with Don Stone, NA, in Rockport, MA, from whom he learned the basics of values and design, cornerstones of painting. He had begun to paint oils when he chose to take on the responsibility of single parenthood resulting in a move from Montana to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and postponing his oil painting for five years.
During the fall of 1987, he decided to paint the west coast beginning in Oregon and working his way south. He planned on spending the winter some place in California, but didn't get far. When the rains hit the Oregon coast, he headed south, stopping to paint in Ferndale, CA, not far from the Oregon border. He liked the town and decided to paint there for a week or so. He ended up staying for a year and marrying Kathleen, the woman who owned the B&B where he stayed. He is now fortunate to share both his love and life with a woman who is talented artist in her own right.