Fast forward to 2003. Our wonderful Nevada Museum of Art has an array of classes of which I took drawing, watercolor painting, mixed media and all of a sudden there is a class “Italic Calligraphy, Carol Pallesen”. There was only the one Carol I knew in Reno that was a calligrapher, but how many Carol calligraphers could there be? And could it be the same Carol? I signed up and when I walked into the room, I was transported back to the Big Blue House on the Corner and there she was. I was thrilled.
I had dabbled in calligraphy, trying to teach myself. I love pens and inks, words and quotes, letters in general. But, I really wanted to learn from a master and I am. I’ve taken Carol’s classes every year and have followed her into the deserts of New Mexico to learn. She travels and shares her skills all over the United States and I am lucky to have her right in my hometown. She is my ink mentor.
I started making images for our Christmas cards and in just a few short years have started a tradition. My family is not very steeped in tradition, so I start one any time I can. These are the last three years.