First, full disclosure. I'm an art school dropout. When I got out of the service in the early 70s, 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 persisted in my interest in art, and several years ago began painting more seriously. I've taken numerous workshops from some exceptional artists, and am now taking oil painting from a wonderful Maine artist, Gail Sauter.

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 and what to leave out. There are always surprises. One must appreciate the process and persist in the face of challenge and frustration. There is always something to learn.

Gotta go paint!