Kathy Lumsden, Birmingham Member Since May 2008 Artist Statement As a child, I enjoyed drawing very much. I did not have the advantage during my youth to take art lessons like one of my best friends did. I would look at her paintings and marvel at the beauty that was created by this teenager. I was also jealous in a way because I just knew that I could produce paintings like that if only someone would teach me. The years passed by and life happened. One day I decided that I wasn't getting any younger and if I was going to learn to paint, I might as well do it now. That was early in 2004, and I bought some books - lots of books - and a couple of videos and I taught myself to paint. In my mind I had decided that no one was born knowing how to paint - even the old masters - and that if they could learn, so could I. That was the beginning, and I have been addicted to oil painting ever since.