Painting really is one of the greatest challenges of my life, and I love that challenge. I cannot think of a time in my life when some form of art was not part of who I am. Art definitely defines in part whom I have become. I love the process of painting. The decision making along the way seems to be part instinctual and part learned, which allows for an internal dialogue that somehow connects all artists of any discipline. I use Utrecht paints for no other reason than convenience in proximity. As for brushes, I currently use Utrecht’s watercolor brushes (which may seem odd for oil paints). I find they give a nice flat application of paint. I also like that these brushes are less expensive, compared to high priced oil brushes. As for the success of any artist, I believe the key is in the doing. For me that means learning as much as I can from artists I admire, while ignoring their advice; thus allowing for my own response. I have a BFA from the University of Utah, where I studied mainly under John Erickson. I was invited to be an Artist in Residence down in Helper, Utah during the summer of 2004.