I was born in rural East Texas in the early 50's. Where and when I grew up, there was no kindergarten and no pre-k. I started my education in the first grade and art projects starting in about the third grade (as I remember) consisted of carving shapes out of floating bars of soap and making things from popsicle sticks. There were no art classes beyond that. In secondary school, I started drawing and later in high school I played around a bit with watercolor, having a small show at the yearly celebration of the yam in Gilmer, Texas---The Yamboree. I kid you not. :)I have lived and shown my art in Austin, Texas exclusively for many years. My approach to imagery comes from quick one-minute or less sketches. I fill a page with these and lay them aside for several days. When I return, I look to see if any of them seem to reveal something special and if I feel there is a connection. This has been my approach for a long time.