Gerald Sanders
  • Male
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States

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   I am a self taught artist, the son of Arkansas sharecroppers. MY parents came to Chicago to better themselves when I was six and I started drawing. My work has been selling since the age of eleven, at fifteen I was teaching art out of my parents apartment. By the age of seventeen Mrs. Rose Kennedy, the mother of the president, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and the Sears Foundation were among the owners of a Sanders original.

   I won awards in high school and was the subject of many newspaper accounts and articles, including in 1967 a three page spread in the Chicago Sun Times, Midwest magazine, titled "portrait Of A Young Man, As A Serious Artist".

  After High School and various freelance jobs in  art, I was drafted into the  United States Army where I eventually became a Arts and Crafts instructor in the Special Services at Ft. Hauchuca, Arizona. There I taught drawing and painting and learned how to teach photography, ceramics and candle making. It was while teaching in the Army that I further developed the technique I had started as a teenager. It is this Technique that has become such a phenomenal success.

   If I had a dollar for every time I've heard, "I know I can't draw, I can't even draw a straight line", I would be a rich man. The truth is they really mean to say, I don't know how to draw. The ability to draw and be creative is within all of us. It's my belief that everyone can be an artist. I tell my students that there isn't anything  I can't do, only things I don't know how to do. We all have within us the ability to do anything and everything. It's up to each of us to determine to what degree we wish to develop these abilities. Once they realize this, it's up to me to show each person that they are an artist.  I only have to open their eyes to a new way of seeing things. It changes everyone's life. It's always stimulating to see how eager they are, from young teens to adults, and then watch their development from session to session, painting to painting.

   My students are of all ages and come from every walk of life, from retired business executives seeking new interests, young mothers and housewives looking for relaxation from their daily routine or an outlet for their creative energies. Whether it's beginners with no former training or working professionals artists and teachers seeking a new approach or the development of new techniques.

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At 3:07pm on March 31, 2014, Mason Archie said…

Gerald, thanks for the connection, I've been a long time admirer of your work.

At 4:08pm on October 1, 2013, Treathyl FOX said…

Thanks for accepting my invitation.  Incredible how so many brilliant artists are self-taught.  You have a gift from God. No doubt about it. :)

At 8:41am on January 11, 2013, Kortez said…

Brother, love your story and your work!!!  Really inspiring and I've been so focused lately.  Reading about and seeing your work made me feel real GOOD! You have a blessed new years and a wonderful weekend.

At 2:54am on January 10, 2013, Rai Starr said…

Hello, thanks for the friend request. Feel free to remain in touch!

At 1:02am on January 9, 2013, Lloyd DeBerry said…

Great meeting you Mr. Sanders.  Your story and your are really compelling. 

At 8:49am on December 23, 2012, Dwight Ewell Tyler said…

 Gerald Sanders, what a great story and history for you.  I am proud to know of your story because you are a true creative.  Working with the young ones as well as the adults is also a wonderful thing.  I love your work and thank you for your positive comments about my work.  Keep up the great work.


Dwight E.Tyler

At 7:26pm on November 25, 2012, Theresa Burns said…

Wow! I am impressed with your work.  Thank you for the invitation.  

At 6:22am on November 22, 2012, Ernie Davenport said…

Thank you for your acceptence. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


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