It all began on a whim about 10 years ago. I was between projects so I decided to take a drawing class at a local community Art Center. Then I moved on to selected offerings at the usual local Art Institutions. And, I studied in Venice for a month under the supervision of the Print Department of the University of Iowa. So I've had help from many nice and talented people. I've had several shows and won a few awards, but after all is said and done, the thing that most influences the outcome of my paintings is music. Through music I get carried away and at times, looking back on the painting, I'm not quite sure how the painting got finished. So, when I am really satisfied with the outcome of a painting I always stop myself and ask: who did this painting, the artist or the composer? That's why, as a reminder, many of my paintings have the name of the composer who influenced me written on the back side.