I have always been interested in painting and drawing, and in the last twenty years, photography. When I was six years old, I asked for an oil painting set for Christmas. I remember hearing about oil paints on an art show on television. I started painting in oils two days later. I followed the instructions in the instruction booklet and “painted” a still life of sorts. It was based entirely on the still life in the book, not anything I had set up, but it was fun! That was the beginning and I haven’t stopped painting since! After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, I continued painting and explored a variety of types of painting in search of the best way to express my interests. During this exploration I discovered several aspects of myself. Among them was that I realized I didn’t want to have some one have to “explain” my paintings to the viewers, as often happens today. I really wanted to have people understand my work and appreciate it for what it is. There are so many things to consider, so many decisions to make during the process of painting that one doesn’t need to “Invent” a new “Original” way of painting. After all, if you have 40 people paint the exact same scene from the exact same vantage point with the light and all other parameters being the same, you will get 40 different paintings! The best and most original paintings are those that are painted by someone who has come to understand their own strengths and weaknesses in painting. After coming to this realization, I felt more comfortable with my decision of being a “naturalist” painter – that is, some one who paints directly what they see. So I have been pursuing this direct way of painting for quite some time now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy painting them!