Erika Carrado

My name is Erika Carrado! I am a member of LAA which inspires me to continue with my painting.
I have been drawing since I was a child of 8 yrs. old. My father then gave me a wooden box one day, I opened it and there were all these beautiful colored pastels. I would stay in my room for hours copying all kinds of Christmas cards, Mother's Day cards, any card which had a picture that inspired me to do a pastel . My High School Art teacher told me I should go to an Art School. I never thought I was good enough, even though my father would tell me so, and also my art teacher. I never did go to Art School which I regret to this day. I did get a certificate in Interior Design at New York School of Interior Design. When I went to work I never painted again! When I retired I said this is my time to do something I love. I self taught myself to paint on canvas! I took a few lessons with Jane Slyvke in Mt. Dora. I was hooked ever since!