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When Inspiration Strikes

When Inspiration StrikesAfter working for 15 years as a successful executive, Tufts graduate David Schor traded his desk for an easel. Miami.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.29.03] A biology major at Tufts and later a hospital administrator in Florida, David Schor doesn't have the typical resume of a professional artist. But the Tufts graduate found inspiration at an unexpected time and decided to permanently trade his desk for an easel.

"I always loved art," Schor told the Miami Herald, adding that he dabbled in art as a part-time hobby. "But I never thought of myself as an artist."

But inspiration struck the executive while he was in Washington, D.C. in 1964.

"I was there at a very volatile time in country's history," he said. "The emotion of it all moved me to try to capture some sense of the turmoil. I spent hundreds of hours doing graphite and black and white drawings of humans in the grip of very strong emotions."

At the urging of his wife, Olga, he decided to turn his hobby into a full time profession.

"Until I met Olga, I was just a hospital administrator who considered art to be my hobby," the Tufts graduate told the Herald. "At some point or another in their lives, everyone needs someone to believe in them. For me, Olga is that person."

In 1979, Schor quit his job as chief operating officer of Cedars Hospital in Florida and began painting full time. His paintings that once sold for $10, now sell for thousands.

"His work, which has been influenced by Norman Rockwell, John Singer-Sargent, Monet and other impressionist artists, is broken into [several] areas of study -- portraits, landscapes and commissioned work," reported the Herald. "He devotes much of his time to organizational paintings for such groups as the YMCA, Miami Children's Hospital and Youth Crime Watch of America, among others."

His customers say they are drawn to the diversity of Schor's work.

"One of the most fascinating things about David's art is how he is able to straddle so many different styles," Manuel Castro - one of Schor's longtime customers - told the Herald. "He's an interesting person with an amazing skill and craft."

But Schor says he still has a long way to go.

"I hope to have my art affect more and more people locally and internationally," he told the Herald. "And, most importantly, I wake up every morning and think ‘I can't wait to get to the easel.'"

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