Have you been painting from the start, or did you develop your skills later in life?

I’ve always had an interest in art since my youth, but just as a “spectator.” I never took up a brush until 2008, so I’m definitely a “later in life” painter. I also have no formal art training or education, I’m completely self-taught.

Is there a possession you couldn’t survive without? (i.e. Your dog, Netflix subscription, Oreos etc.)

The possession I couldn’t live without (apart from art supplies) is my PC or cell phone.

Do you listen to music while you work? If so what song/artist is playing while you are elbow deep in paint?

Sometimes I listen to music when I paint and it could be anything from Mozart to Talking Heads to Ornette Coleman to Elvis Costello and lots in between. Other times I paint while the TV is on. Many of my painting titles come from words/phrases overheard in a song or TV program.

Who do you consider to be your all-time favorite and most inspirational artist? Do you have a favorite museum?

I’m a big fan of most of the original Abstract Expressionists, but my all-time favorite and inspirational painter is Willem de Kooning. When I began to paint, I studied his styles and techniques in order to hone my own. I’m also drawn to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. When I discovered his work, it opened up possibilities of what could go into a painting that I hadn’t imagined before.

If you could choose your last meal, what would you eat?

I don’t know if I can pick a specific single last meal, but it would definitely be spicy hot, either Indian or Middle Eastern.