My first experience with art was much like everyone else's, crayons and coloring books. It didn’t take long before I was dissatisfied with the idea of staying within the lines, and discovered how much fun it can be to create something of my own. I wanted to be a cartoonist, but needing presents for my sisters one Christmas, I painted a couple of dog portraits which got me hooked on portrait art. I didn’t see it as a way to make a living, but now I do portraits on commission, very reasonably priced, using photographs or attachments as a reference, and would be happy to discuss any ideas you might have about other commissioned work. You can reach me at  skipvanlenten@gmail.com