I was born and raised in Ohio and came to California as a younger person. I grew up drawing with pencil, then later with charcoal on paper....it just seemed natural....never thought about being an artist. It was self gratifying. As a young adult I gravitated to color medium. I dabbled in oil while teaching myself. In a subtle way I realized I had a gift for art but but there was no one to mentor me. Consequently, I developed as an artist some what late in life. After a few more years of continuing to entertain myself, a friend saw one of my pencil drawings and showed it to someone else and said, 'Bob's an artist.' I had never heard anyone say that before and it became a spiritual awakening; I then finally set out to be an artist; later concentrating on soft pastel almost exclusively and again teaching myself how to use it....painting many portraits(some by commission) landscapes and floral paintings. I've also taken some classes in oil and have completed a number of oil paintings. I have a deep love for the beauty of Creation. Along the way I became interested in garden and flower photography which has yielded many floral and garden photographs. Art and creativity seem to be a part of my nature. Thank you for your interest and may God bless you.