As Larry was growing in renown he was also growing as an artist. Returning to oils, he developed a wholly new and original style, “Mirage D’ Esprit”-truly unique paintings which appear simply as a pure field of color, but upon further examination, a face emerges, or a beautiful nude… like spirits alighting from the canvas. Hard to capture in words and even harder to successfully photograph, they are among Larry’s most sought after creations. Ironically, if Larry had learned anything in art school, it was that he couldn’t succeed as a representational painter; and here he was, living with more success than he’d ever dreamed possible… a success he wanted to pass on to others.
And so, along with their two children, Larry and Sheila relocated to Los Angeles, and in 1975, opened their own art school, Mission: Renaissance.
Classes began in their home on Mount Washington. By word of mouth and Sheila’s efforts, they packed their house with 100 students a week. The most unforgettable of these students was a man with a passionate desire to paint, but who possessed absolutely no natural talent. Larry struggled to teach him, but again and again the eager novice blundered and made no progress. Others would have labeled him hopeless, but Larry persisted. He was forced to examine the art of drawing and painting more closely than he’d ever done before.
He discovered his troublesome student’s inability stemmed from a specific malady: the man didn’t observe where a line began or ended before he attempted to draw it. A seemingly obvious first step, and yet a step that, once applied, unlocked this student’s ability. It was a crucial turning point. Here was proof that anyone could learn to draw and paint, that talent could be acquired. And here was the seed that was to later become what we know today as The Gluck Method.