I have been working to develop as artist drawing and painting from life since 1989. I found a brilliant artist, Sam Adoquei, to study under, evenings and weekends, 1992-1997, in Manhattan, painting still lifes , figures and landscapes. In 1998 I was painting portraits professionally in New York. Since then I have always worked on developing as an artist on my own while working in other fields, mostly social service. Currently I teach 3 classes at the Arts Center in painting and drawing from life.