1) I think of quitting practically every day/week that I’m in the studio. There’s that inevitable wave of profound frustration that occurs when a painting isn’t working and it crushes your psyche. But experience, after all these years, has taught me that patience is the fixer. Ride out the wave—resist the urge to chuck the work out the window—and don’t go back into it during moments of blinding infuriation; shake it off and take a break (not to be confused with passionate driving infuriation—good breakthroughs can come from that).
2) Since day one I’ve always dreamt of having some connection to nature in whatever I planned for my future profession. I loved the idea of being a Naturalist, or an anthropologist—or an archeologist. Sociology was also on the forefront of my interests, so basically the study of human nature, civilizations and anything focused on animal behavior—a culmination of all of the above would have been my 2nd professional choice. Luckily I can address these interests in my art and it checks all the boxes.