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Ex-resident studies art in New York City

by Merrie Leininger

An artist needs a place to learn and to be supported by other artists.

Carson Valley resident Lisa Glasgow, 34, found that artistic atmosphere in the Water Street Atelier in in Brooklyn, New York.

Glasgow was admitted to the school in January, soon after seeing an article about the school in the magazine, American Art Review.

Before her move to the Big Apple, Glasgow had only studied oil painting and drawing for two years with Carson Valley artist Greg Drinkwine.

Drinkwine said Glasgow was a dedicated student who never missed a class.

“She came to every class and did a great job,” he said. “I told her to go to New York and get experience under her belt. I have confidence she’ll do great.”

The 1981 Douglas High School grad said, although she had never picked up a paintbrush before, she knew she had found a career as soon as she did.

“I had never drawn or painted before I went to one of Greg’s classes. I just fell in love with it,” she said. “It just becomes your love. It’s just such a joy. It feeds you in a way nothing else has. After a year studying with Greg, I decided I wanted to go to New York or Chicago to go to school.”

She read about the atelier, which is a small school based on the 19th century French academy approach to teaching art, and sent in a portfolio.

The school only takes one student at a time and only has 20 students right now. However, it is known as one of the best art schools in the country because it is led by celebrated artist Jacob Collins. The rigorous program requires a two-year commitment from its students.

She flew to New York in December for an interview and to visit the school, and was admitted soon after.

In a recent visit home, Glasgow talked about living in New York.

“It’s not that bad, it’s really beautiful. My biggest fear was the subway. But once you get used to that, it’s not any different from any other big city,” she said. “When I came back, I found I missed just having open space around.”

The school, which is a 45-minute walk and subway ride away from her apartment, works on a system of disciplined, classical training. Glasgow said they work on one piece for months, using a live model and first drawing the shape and attempting to make it look as life-like and three-dimensional as possible.