After spending seven years in art school, trying out different styles, types of art making, learning about the old and contemporary art world, and questioning everything I did, I returned home to seek out a simple studio practice and regain a sense of freedom and joy that painting had brought for me early on. Embracing those ideals, I decided to paint the farm animals I encounter on my daily walk to my studio. In the studio, I turn up the music and jump right into each painting, trusting all my color and mark making decisions, getting a taste of what it is like to be carefree. I let all of my training and studying come through organically and have eliminated the worry and pressure to make a masterpiece or a painting full of conceptual content I really didn’t connect with. For me, it’s all about the studio practice and painting what I know, which has allowed me to focus in on what matters most to me about my paintings.