This is the first post to my new oil blog. I have decided to keep my pastels and my oils separate to offer a little more consistency. I felt that mixing the 2 mediums resulted in a non-cohesive site, as my styles for each medium are so different. I hope this will be easier to follow, and now I am ready to get a little more into oils since working more on the pastel site as of late. I am a mostly self taught painter in both mediums and truly love experimenting. My goal is to eventually develop a more recognizable style, but right now I am influenced by so many painters and am enthralled with representational work along with loose, painterly brushwork that could even bring in some abstract elements. This is a learning journey for me and I am looking forward to this new method of posting. Enjoy, and please write with comments or questions!