I'm the kind of guy who has been creative all his life. At school, I doodled in the margins instead of taking notes. In college, I met pretty girls by offering to draw their portraits. Throughout my working career as a journalist and trade writer, I've painted word pictures to make points clear. I have taken courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art and elsewhere to appreciate the purely visual medium. All of which is to say that painting is fun for me. I hope that comes through in my watercolors, particularly in my recent illustrated children's book.