Location: Missouri, USA

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?

Every day is different. I have a daughter who has cancer and I take her to chemo and radiation 5 days a week. I generally get 2 to 4 hours of painting done in each day.

2. What does your studio look like?

My studio was designed and built as an addition to my home, with lots of windows and light to paint from.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art

I started painting when I was around 5 years old and am still going strong at 76.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?

It gives me more reason to get out of bed in the morning.

5. Which is your favorite art piece so far and what is the story behind it?

As most artists would say, “the next painting is my favorite.” However, I did a painting last year for a woman that lost her daughter to cancer, and when she received it, tears came to her eyes as it had touched her.

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?

Ice cream, love, and painting.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?

Nature has always been my inspiration, especially water lilies.

The Beginning of Fall by John Lautermilch

The beginning of fall by John Lautermilch

8. What does success look like to you?

I have already achieved what I wanted to do and that is to be an artist.

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