My art history started at the age of 3 ,I drew and painted all the time under the watchful eyes of my Father who was one good artist. He taught me the beginnings ,and much much more. I did not graduate from an academy but had lots of art lessons after I graduated. I became an apprentice in a large art department and learned the basic of fine art and decorating and learned the hard way. I then left for Switzerland as an Au Pair and studied art art the same time. I'm from the Netherlands and came to this country for good in 1982. I taught art in Germany and in England. Artist VanDyk.