Someone is looking at my paintings (or anything else I have created) and they say, “That is very artificial!” My first reaction? Ruffled feathers and defensive posturing because in today's modern parlance, “artificial” is often thought of as “fake,” “contrived,” “insincere,” etc. But, hold on. Time to think again. “Artificial” is a very old English term for “made by human skill.” That’s what I hope people think when they see my work. Skill applied by a very human, feeling, person.