Adults often get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of life and forget to try new things.
Luckily, Dr. Tom Duncan of Cornelius met a man who helped him develop his passion for art.
Duncan, 38, owner of Duncan Chiropractic since 1999, always knew he had an artistic spirit but didn't pursue it. That all changed when he met Manny Rashet on the tennis courts in Cornelius in 2002.
Rashet, a retired pediatrician, has been oil painting since 1993, and most recently displayed work at the Cornelius Arts Center. He offers weekly classes in his Peninsula neighborhood home and persuaded Duncan to give it a try. Duncan recalls how he knew instantly that Rashet had a unique and special spirit.
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An instant bond and friendship formed. Not only did Rashet mentor Duncan in artistic techniques, but he helped him to become a better doctor. Duncan looks at Rashet as both a mentor and a friend. The oil painting class that Duncan attends has other doctors in it. They have fun learning to paint and talking "shop."
Duncan quickly learned he had a talent for oil painting. His first painting was a pair of apples against a cloth backdrop with complex depth and shadows. He laughs as he recalls how long the painting took, but it was the start of something great.
"Everyone can be an artist," said Duncan. "You just need to learn the rules."
Rashet taught him the rules, and his talent grew. He tried his hand at Impressionism with a painting of New York's Central Park. The result is a detailed depiction displayed in the Duncans' home.
His pride and joy is his most recent painting, the portrait of him and his wife, Kristy, on their wedding day. Duncan used a photograph from their wedding and duplicated the picture. It was his first attempt at painting people. The final product displays the emotion felt on that day. It hangs in their bedroom as a symbol of the love that Tom has for Kristy and their son, Wagner, 1.
Rashet is proud of his student and friend's accomplishments.
Duncan "is very deliberate and patient in his painting," Rashet said. He said he thinks Duncan does tremendous work and has come a long way. They also have a great time together.
Since Duncan has a business to run as a chiropractor, his painting is a hobby. His work is displayed in his home and his office. He has also shown his work at the Peninsula Club. Duncan keeps or gives away most of his work, but he will occasionally sell a piece.
Rashet offers classes at his home 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Rashet's goal is for people to find joy in painting and have fun. He says talent can be developed, but the desire has to be there.