Paris / Washington, DC   1975 - 1977

In the spring of 1975 Pacita unexpectedly left for France, as Jack had the opportunity to finish his studies overseas. Pacita used this time to study French, enjoy Paris and explore the Loire River countryside.

However, after a few months the money ran out and they ended up working as housecleaners in Paris, just to cover their daily expenses. After a few months of being down and out in Paris, they decided to go back to the US.

In late 1975 they moved to Washington, DC and Pacita entered the Corcoran School of Art, where she began her first formal art training under Berthold Schmutzhart and Blaine Larson.Watch video

Her training and experience at Corcoran had a significant influence on her development as a painter. While studying there, Pacita met many art students including Russian painter, Natalia Himmirska, who became a lifelong friend.

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