Apart from a couple of classes at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, about 25 years ago, and a recent plein-air class with world-renowned Kathleen Dunphy, I am self-taught. Even when I had signed up for a class, I would frequently leave early or drop out, and paint in my studio. My experience has taught me that, if you’re diligent and observant, you can learn how to paint and draw on your own (with the caveat that you may learn faster and better, if you learn from a very good instructor and mentor).
Over the years, I have experimented with oils, acrylics, and watercolors, and tried abstract and Fauvist painting. But oil painting and drawing in the classical realistic manner, with an emphasis on still-life, has remained my greatest inspiration.