Liz asked to know more about me in response to a note I sent to her, so I decided the best thing would be to introduce myself to everyone. Painting is new to me--haven't done anything yet. I guess I'm in what's called the research and "gearing up" stage. The only creative experience I have is woodworking and some decorative painting on furniture. I just discovered the older YouTube videos of Mark's lectures about two or three weeks ago while browsing around. I was impressed with what he had to say in spite of his rambling style of speaking. Anyway, I was eager to learn more about him and what he has to teach about painting, so I repeatedly typed his name or related tags into Google or YouTube in search for something new or previously overlooked. Less than a week ago, I noticed a suggested video on the side bar of YouTube that I hadn't seen before--it was a pleasant surprise to find out it was Mark. He was so much thinner and his style of speaking was so much better, that I wasn't sure it was the same guy for a couple of minutes. That video had a link to this site--so I guess I lucked upon this new site within days of its launch. I grew up in northern panhandle of West Virginia, not too far from Pittsburg, Pa. I migrated to Houston, Texas in 1976 and still live here with my tuxedo cat named Snowshoe (He found me when he was a kitten and decided I was worth keeping). I'm pushin' 60 years old. I'm pondering a move to Mexico sometime soon--not sure yet--major decision/big commitment. I'm looking for something creative to do with the rest of my life that requires less of my back and more of the brain I still have left ;-) I look forward to learning and sharing with ya'll.