I first learned oil painting at Studio Four in Chicago with George Soto. This image was my first oil painting taken from Arizona Highways Magazine.
Because of my love of icons, I took a course on Icon painting with Father Jim Obermeyer in Phoenix a few years ago, Although I appreciate the beauty and discipline of iconologists, it is not the course I wanted to follow. The imagery (or parts of) I have used is often taken from old icons, as well as images of people in my life, friends and relatives.
When I research the lives of the saints, I am humbled by their example of living their lives for God and for all mankind. They often live a very austere life, giving to others all that they have.
Additionally, I paint furniture, old pieces of wood and make nichos .