I studied oil painting with Gary Hernandez for five years. Gary is a wealth of information on the process oil painting, especially of the “Old Masters”. I learned a lot from him. His wife, Josie, encouraged me to join the Visual Arts Alliance. I finally joined in 2010 and entered the 28th Juried Open Exhibition with my piece “Playa de la Barceloneta”. I learned that I was juried in when I received a call from Donna Villarreal. She said that it was an honor to get juried in and that brought a smile to my face.