CLEARWATER, Fla. – June Harpen by no means forgot her dream of turning into an artist. In between getting married and having a household she labored on her craft. Now, at age 92, she nonetheless has an inkling to create.
“It is thrilling for me. It sounds form of unusual, but it surely’s, it is actually splendidly exhilarating and particularly when it is going nicely,” stated Harpen.
Harpen was born in 1927 and raised in Clewiston, Florida. She married her highschool sweetheart in 1941 and began a household, however she did not let that cease her from fulfilling her dream to grow to be an artist.
“I all the time had some pastels and paper,” she shared. “When the youngsters would go to mattress, I’d get my drawing stuff out, after which I’d put it again underneath the mattress when it was time for me to go to mattress. So I did that.”
Harpen has bought so many work that she misplaced depend.
“I’ve heard different artists say it is simply one thing you simply know you wish to do. I am unable to actually inform you as a result of I used to be not influenced. There was nobody round to affect, you already know, to affect me or information me,” she stated.
Now, she paints as soon as every week in her rented studio area in Clearwater.
“(I) love to have a look at a portray and have or not it’s a nice expertise to me,” Harpen defined. “I prefer it to, like communicate to me. I prefer to suppose, ‘nicely, gee, you already know, that is a pleasant place.’ I feel perhaps I wish to see that place or the colours are working superbly.”
She compares artwork to a window into the world of magnificence.
“I feel the world simply wants extra magnificence,” she added. “Allow us to, let artists present us what the world actually appears like.”
Harpen paints largely photos of nature, landscapes, vegetation, flowers and crops.