Copy of Leyster’s  “Self Portrait”

Copy of Leyster’s “Self Portrait”

Vivian Parker

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As a teenager, I realized I could copy a face, but so what! A camera could do it better. I decided to study chemistry at Brooklyn college and at graduate school at Penn State University.  I had a successful career at NIST (National Institute of Standards And Technology) for 35 years. Every once in a while I wondered if that earlier ability was just imagined. After I retired I decided to find out. Thanks to all the teachers at the Torpedo Factory (particularly Danni Dawson), it wasn't! I've been participating in the copyist program now at NGA for quite a while. I have over 20 lovely paintings. Copying is a great experience. It's a detective story and a tremendous learning experience. Plus I have great paintings.