Untill five years ago, I did a good deal of painting. Most were murals, some inside homes, others outdoors on commercial buildings. I made a number of smaller paintings to rent. I have no training in art. I used a book titled "Drawing On The Right Side of The Brain" to learn realistic drawing and that lead to painting. My first paintings were in Italy. My style always tended towards the realistic. One summer in 2000, I bought a bike in Italy and combined travel by bike with painting for awesome places to stay - Praiano a Mare, Amalfi Coast; Avola, Sicilia, Cala Gonone, Sardegna. One of the best times in my life. My favorite subjects are Italian themes, architecture, landscapes, nature and trains. Many of the paintings are from fotos I have taken. Some paintings are made up. It was great fun being up on a scaffold painting. Five years ago, I decided putting my time into advocating a different culture and economy was more important so I quit painting.