My first experience with art was much like everyone else's, crayons and coloring books, but it didn't take long before I was drawing and painting on my own. My earliest ambition was 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. Over the last 35 years or so, I've been asked occasionally to paint portraits on commission, and as gifts, using photographs and attachments as a reference. I would be happy to do that for you, and discuss any ideas you might have about a portrait, or other commissioned work. skipvanlenten@gmail.com