The portrait is the most exciting and frustrating thing to paint. I have for many years painted people. I have always been intrigued by people working as subject matter. There is no purer image of the human condition than man or woman at the task of living. Most of this work I have done from photographs. Many years ago I painted from the model. In the last few years I have started painting the portrait again. Lately I have been approaching it like I would a Plein Air work. When it works it’s a lot of fun. When it doesn’t I figure it will teach me about the next one.