I began painting in 1974. I began painting in oil on masonite boards and moved to oil on canvas. I was always too impatient with oil painting though and started experimenting with acrylic paint. Acrylic had the texture and fast drying time I was looking for and I was hooked. I moved into watercolor at this time as well and also began using acrylic on paper because of its risk and challenge. With transparent acrylic on paper, there is no recovery from a mistake. In my earlier work, because I love photorealism, I would painstakingly paint every detail in the scene. Thanks to an inspiring professor in college who taught watercolor and my independent study courses, I learned I could achieve the illusion of the same amount of detail with much less effort and I continue to paint in this looser style today.