I was born and raised in Washington State. All elementary report cards remarked about my artistic ability.
Formal training was through GRCC Art Dept Head Dr. Bernard Bleha. I took every class offered.
Informal training was with Jerry Stitt and DeAnn Lemley. Both had studied with Sergei Bongart, Russian painter with incredible credentials. Many workshops also.
I like to include mood, movement, color; keeping in mind always: what is happening, light, values, shadows, and the "less is more" principle.