[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"][/caption] At last, I’m back at my easel re-examining studies of Benovia’s vineyards. I feel like I’m recovering from creative withdrawal. A certain anxiety is melting away. My head has been focused on business proposals and meetings with potential strategic partners. Some wonderful candidates but a few remind me of my days within the padded corporate cubicle. The distance from my intimate creative process is absolutely necessary. And running my business certainly provides this. My creative process is like writing a draft, and rewriting it again and again. I can get too close to it. But when I walk away for a while I return with fresh eyes and energy. When I return to the easel I’ll look at a canvas and think. “Why did I paint that? It’s horrible.” Or. “That one is not so bad.” My dirty secret is that there are paintings that I almost ditched but instead they actually sold to very satisfied collectors. Of course, those paintings number very few. I’m excited to return to this collection inspired by Benovia's vineyards and to discover new facets of each painting, like a play of color, composition, or shift in the feeling of the work. In a way, it's like the paintings are me, staring back at myself. It’s an honor and a privilege to think that one day they’ll be staring back at my collectors. And knowing this drives me to keep working.