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Rockaway Retiree Learns to Paint

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John Russo hates puzzles.

So, years ago, he would doodle whenever his family would put one together. He saved those “doodles”—both drawings and paintings—and, many years later, his third wife, Marilyn, found them in a box. And she thought they were good.

To prove it, she took him to a local art show near their home in Queens.

“What’s the difference with this, with what you got at home?” she asked him.

She framed one of his watercolors and put it in the next show, where it generated generous praise for Russo.

“Believe it or not,” he said, “I still didn’t think I could do it.”

Four years later, he’s done it.

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Written by Henry

April 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm

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