I paint from my own photos since I’m very particular about the colors, shadows and composition. Sometimes it takes over 2000 photos before I might find one I want to paint. Even then I take the photos into photoshop and composite different elements and tweak colors , saturation and contrast.
Once I’m happy with a photo I draw it onto a canvas and paint. I’m very meticulous with the details and spend a lot of time making sure I get every crack in the rocks, every wave in the ocean and every reflection in the sand. I just love to paint in my studio at home. I turn on the classic rock and off I go. I love it when one of my kids is in the studio with me doing some art of their own.