Full-time oil painter for twenty years. Very fortunate and blessed that my wife/partner is gainfully employed. Had a previous career as a publication art director for the twenty years prior to that. I worked with many talented writers, editors, photographers and illustrators whose work informs my painting every day. I've taken classes, been represented by several galleries, participated in many outdoor painting contests all over the country, won some awards, and sold some paintings. I've learned a lot. That said, my old pal Ed Degas remarked, "Only when they no longer know what they're doing does the painter do good things.". I hope to get there someday.