Doing studio work has always been a chore for me. I understand the need to practice it to strengthen my visual memory and to improve technique and finish. But it’s not as much fun to me to paint a landscape if I’m not sitting in front of it, and somehow the result seems less valuable. I think it’s because photography was so much the shortcut in school – we were never really taught how to use it properly, and so I’ve developed a bad taste in using it to aid in studio pieces. But, none the less, I did try my hand at them, and I do mean to do more. I think it will improve my outdoor work and I’d like that.