CHRISTINA L. ESPARZA
CALIF. — It had been more than 30 years
since Roz Newson last saw Chris Galligan. He
was just a kid learning to paint. She was giving
lessons. Then one day when he was all grown
up, he looked her up on the Internet and the
two started their friendship all over again.
was so shocked to see him again," Newson
said."He is such a sweet guy."
Galligan is one of dozens of Students Newson
learn to paint. She flips through photo albums
of her students, from their first finished painting
to their last with her.
"I never taught kids to paint baby stuff," she said. "They all
learned to really paint."
Many have gone on in life to become accomplished
artists, she said, including Galligan. "I've
thought of her for many years and always wondered
if she was still around," Galligan said. "She's
truly been my mentor."
carved out a niche painting portraits of people's
pets. He began painting pet portraits seven
years ago and his work is showcased in galleries
and pet boutiques coast to coast. He studied
under Newson for about two years, starting
when he was 10. She had a knack for teaching
technique without hampering personal expression,
he said.The environment she provided was safe
because she can always get an artist out of
a painting jam.
remembers wearing his school uniform and changing
into his smock when he entered her class."I
remember the smell of her studio—the
oil paint," Galligan said. Newson still
teaches art out of her garage in Monrovia.
Both Newson and Galligan showed their work
together at the opening of the Monrovia Arts
Festival Association gallery at Paint 'N Play
in March. "We have this connection," Galligan
said. "Like no time has gone by."
You can contact Chris Galligan at email@example.com
or call (310) 838-7738.