I am a physician by occupation, part time artist, writer and muscian. Art background: completely self taught. First inspired by haunting artist colonies up and down Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana while in medical school( it was so long ago, it was safe to do so). Most of my instruction has come from the nearly 100 issues of American Artist Magazine I have collected over the years. I'm sure the founders of this forum will be pleased to have that piece of info. I live in West Virginia.