A person can get a great education by keeping their eyes, ears, and hearts open. My Mother gave me a set of oil paints at age twelve, and I promptly got to work on a painting of palm trees. Since then I have been drawing and painting, not continuously, but it has always been an important part of my life. Looking at original work in museums is a great way to learn about painting. Art books give you the chance to study the lives and the work of people who inspire you.


The Art Institute, Chicago

The Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Louvre, Paris

The Uffizi, Florence

L'Accademia, Florence

Tate Modern, London

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

The Oakland Museum, Oakland

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Guggenheim, New York

The National Gallery, Washington DC

The Corcoran, Washington DC

The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

SMOCA, Scottsdale

Phoenix Art Museum

Yale University Art Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Getty, Los Angeles

National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson Hole



"One Hundred Paintings" by Russell Chatham

"The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty" by Soetsu Yanagi

"Children and Painting" by Cathy Weisman Topal

"A Proven Strategy for Creating Great Art" by Dan McCaw

"Landscape Painting" by Mitchell Albala

"Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting" by Richard Schmid

"The Nature of Light" by Scott Christensen

"Composition of Outdoor Painting" by Edgar Payne

"Carlson's Guide To Landscape Painting" by John Carlson

"The Language of Drawing" by Sherrie McGraw

"Hawthorne on Painting" by Mrs. Charles W. Hawthorne

"Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered" by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy

"Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe" by Laurie Lisle

"Painting As A Pastime" by Winston S. Churchill

"The Story of Painting" by Sister Wendy

"The Art Spirit" by Robert Henri

"The Painted Word" by Tom Wolfe

"Art & Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland

"How To Become A Famous Artist And Still Paint Pictures" by W. Joe Innis

"Lust For Life" by Irving Stone

"The Agony And The Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo" by Irving Stone

"Depths of Glory" by Irving Stone

"Paul Rand: American Modernist: Two Essays" by Jessica Helfand



Fred Kingwill, watercolor

Sari Staggs, watercolor

Greg McHuron, watercolor and oil

Kathy Wipfler, oil

Scott Christensen, oil

T. Allen Lawson, oil

Charles Reid, watercolor