Fredericksburg, Virgina artist and sculptor... father of 5 kids (2 are artists).
Generally I paint in oils and sculpt in polyform clays (heat cured)... also sometimes mix the two to make an oil painting that has "contour." I consider myself a scientist first and an artist secondly. I study the human visual system gleaning out bit so late breaking info to design into my workflows to create works of art that are integrated into our own "gray matter software" and so have added visual impact.
My focus is on the emotional qualities of people and cityscapes and I love to paint in stages with the first being wet-on-wet monochromatics (underpainting) ... usually Sienna & TiO White... then after dry time colorizing in glazes. I use pure single pigment paints and generally paint holding a the tube in one hand and the brush in the other applying paint directly to the brush as if it were a toothbrush. I paint in single color pallets and I use resins... (no added oils such as lindseed, etc.). I apply science to persepective so my paintings are generally built around a particular point in space and time and I try to adhere to that with some degree of accuracy... but mostly for my own amusement.
I do use photo references I shoot myself... expanding the dynamic range of the photo references to the extreme limits in the photo and also in the resulting painting. Sometimes as many as 40 or so study or reference photos go into a single work as well a smaller study painting. For instance... the study painting for "The Warmth of Fredericksburg" included live modeling, working from the clothing on the model, photo references of the scene, and photoreferences of steam from a hot cup of coffee... to get the lighting correct and understand the sceience of light in steam. That was used in the proposal and also assisted in the final mural.