Using the term loosely, I consider myself an outsider artist. Strictly speaking, outsider art has been defined as being produced by the institutionalized mentally ill, the geographically isolated, or those who don't consider themselves to be artists. The modern interpretation of this term is looser and includes those outside mainstream society, untrained/self taught artists, and those who create art purely from the desire to do so- not to show or sell. I am more the two latter definitions; I hadn't been willing to call myself an artist until a few years ago. I had consistently positive feedback from friends and acquaintances, so I decided to publicly show my work. What I've learned about painting is through trial and error, observing other artists processes and closely studying their work.