It was about this time that things fell into place for me. I started to see a direction, a career, for the first time. I continued to pour this amount of effort into all my assignments. Typically the art teacher would critique everyone's work at the front of the class. And typically there was always one or two students work that she chose to praise. Until now, that had never been me. Now more and more I was doing great work. This felt good! It fueled my desire to do better and better work.
By the time of the Graduating Student Exhibit, a large amount of my work was chosen for the display. Contradictory feelings of showing-off versus pride were new to me. As I was surveying the exhibition, I overheard a conversation between my Life Drawing teacher Miss Kennedy and Still Life teacher Ms McCarthey. I heard Miss Kennedy quip, "Picasso never drew a better line than that". The drawing was made in her life class under her tutelage, so she had a vested interest, but it felt good nonetheless. Picasso was an idol to me and she was talking about my work in the same breath as the most respected artist of my life!