Jan Schmidlin Gill’s time as an artist started with a doodle of Bambi.
As a 12-year-old girl, she was drawing in a notebook when her art teacher took notice. The woman offered to give her private lessons after school to develop what she saw as a promising skill.
“She said, ‘You have some talent, you just need to develop it,’” Gill said. “I took lessons in her basement, for an $1 an hour. It was so much fun.”