On a typical day, I go to the gym and do errands in the morning. After that, I go to my studio, which is located in the last two blocks of the Garment District in New York City. The first thing I do in the studio is look at the painting I am working on as I drink my coffee. I tend to work on one or two pieces at a time. My painting wall runs the length of the studio. It is where I paint and hang any work I am uncertain about. There are also clippings from magazines and photographs of work by artists I am interested in. I spend a lot of time looking at my work in progress and thinking about whether it is done or what my next move is. The radio is on with news programs from National Public Radio most of the time I am in my studio.
I usually eat lunch late in the afternoon. While I eat, I check my e-mail and post images of my work to Facebook and Instagram. In the studio, I am very focused on not getting sucked into the black hole of social media. I usually work until 7 or 8 pm, staring at the work in progress, putting pigment or collage on the canvas. At the end of each day, I take a photo of the day's progress with my phone and send the image to my laptop. I store the progress photos in files for each painting, which allows me to see how the work is progressing and whether I made a wrong turn. For my last show of large collage portraits, we made GIFs of each collage being made from those photos.
I am incredibly fortunate to have a supportive spouse, who has supported my leaving law in 2000 and painting full-time. It is her support that allows me to have the opportunity to spend my time painting.