After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1973 with a degree in Art I entered the workforce, primarily in commercial banking. During that time I would occasionally take classes: pastel here, acrylic there, drawing in a community college evening class, Chinese brush painting, etc. I retired in 2016 and am reclaiming the artist in me. The past year or so has been spent learning new subject matter (Florida landscape), new techniques,  experimentation with new materials or re-familiarizing myself with material I had not used since art school; then purchasing equipment and materials; and now, taking a class or workshop here-and-there. 


Currently, I am a member of the Art League of Fort Myers, the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda, Art Center Bonita (Springs), and Lee County Alliance For The Arts. And, I am a supporter and former Board member for Art Saint Louis.


As a student I had one drawing accepted into MU's permanent collection. My recollection is this was from a 5-minute pose in my first drawing class. I believe the instructor was Brooke Cameron.


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Claude Lyles

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