I'm an artist, musician, and teacher in North Texas. After returning to painting in oils following a hiatus from serious art making, I challenged myself to work on painting each day as a disciplined way of honing my craft. Many of my paintings deal with landscapes around Texas, particularly the state parks where my family and I often vacation. Most of the paintings are small, usually measuring 8 x 10 inches. With all of the demands of life - teaching, kids, illness, etc. - it's often quite difficult to eek out time in the studio, but I try to complete at least three paintings a week. I have an insistent need to reconnect with art, and I feel this dedication will make me a better painter.