I am a retired legal secretary and just now beginning to paint again after about 30 some odd years. I am self taught, although have attended classes at local art leagues. I paint mostly in oils, however have done both pastel and watercolors as well. Landscapes are my first love, but also have done some floral still life, and a bit of portraiture. My biggest issue right now is forcing myself into the studio......that white canvas is intimidating, and OMG, what if I make a mistake!! :) I know, no guts, no glory! The point right now is to practice, practice, practice. I have found this website totally awesome and love the videos, and downloads that are available. Such a good learning tool.