I have been painting off and on (mostly off) since I was in elementary school. Oil paint is my medium of choice, though I also like watercolor—so very different! For the most part, the landscape is my preferred subject. Seems like water, rocks, trees, sky, and the play of light draw me to their constant beauty and ever-changing characteristics. I have taken a weekly class from plein air artist Richard Abraham in St. Paul for the past six or more years. It has been a way to ensure that I make time to paint. The oil painting process reveals both inspiring, pleasing surprises and disappointments alike—depending on the day. For the past few years, I have been working to loosen up—say more with less information on the canvas. The plein air experience definitely pushes that envelope.