My artistic goal is simple: To be good. I don’t have a career motive. I just really enjoy the artistic process, what it brings to my life, and want to be great at it. I work hard to improve. Because I’m not concerned with money, I draw and paint whatever subject matter I want, without concern for marketability. However, without financial motivation, I also don’t have the provocation to do full-scale pieces. Nearly all my work consists of practice -- developed in sketchbooks, or on newsprint, or small painted studies. To get out of the practice mode, I decided to enter a juried art competition. It forced me to create a fully-formed work in a finite amount of time.