First, full disclosure. I'm an art school dropout. After college (USC) and the military, I managed to get into Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. I was the worst student in the school. No kidding. While I didn't flunk out, that experience told me that my future lay elsewhere, and I eventually earned a Ph.D. in Psychology. I have practiced in Portsmouth, NH since 1989.
However, I always persisted in my interest in art, and over many years took workshops and studied with a variety of very talented painters.
Painting is such an integrative, engaging and challenging experience: It is conceptual, visual, aesthetic and emotional - all at once. It is in many ways like therapy, it demands attention and concentration. One learns what to put in, what to leave out and what to scrape off. There are always surprises. One must appreciate the process and persist in the face of challenge, frustration and the 'awkward adolescent' phase that all paintings endure. There is always something to learn.
Thank you for looking at my paintings!