"Laughing in the face of adversity is one of the greatest skills to have in life.....I'd love to find a job I'm passionate about, possibly as an engineer. I'd like to make a difference with my work".
Sometimes, when I am painting these portraits I go through a phase where it feels out of control, like I have lost my bearings completely. This used to throw me, I would get really nervous and then I really would loose my way. Now, when that feeling comes, I notice it, but ignore it like an unwelcome guest, and I seem to be able to regain my balance and keep on going. I think this is an important skill for an artist to develop. Its an inherent part of the creative process.