I've been an artist for over 50 years and an art therapist for 30+ years. Growing up in Chicago I was fascinated by the contemporary art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. My favorite artists have always been the abstract expressionists: Gerhard Richter, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, & Lee Krasner, etc. Now retired from being an art therapist I paint full time in my studio, where I meditate in front of the canvas before I approach it intuitively, turn up my music full volume, burn incense and in the mild weather leave the studio door open. I just love being an artist!