I would classify myself as a beginning artist trying to become a professional. My interest in art began about four decades ago mostly because my wife was taking a lot of courses in art history. Since I was going to a lot of museums with her, I began to take an interest and got hooked. As it developed, I was most attracted to landscapes. About two years ago, I decided to try my hand at art and bought a number of graphics and paint programs. I was very familiar with computers as I had 50-year career as a technical writer specializing in the later part of my career in developing online Help systems for various business and security applications. Other than my self-directed study of art, I have no formal art training whatsoever, but do have a long history of teaching myself whatever I wanted to learn. After I finished a number of paintings, I set up my own website www.cgeth.com to showcase my work for my friends. About seven months ago, I was contacted by The Agora Gallery in the Chelsea section of New York City. They now represent me and I have had a collective show in NYC in November of 2011. I am very interested showing that computers can be used to produce traditional fine art and not just fantasy/contemporary/science fiction art that you see in all the computer art and design magazines. My favorite painters are JMW Truner and Claude Lorrain. My favorite schools of art are the Hudson River School; American Tonalists and the Eastern and Californian impressionists; the French Barbizon School; English landscapists; and the Dutch land/seascapists of the Ruisdael era. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has similar interests.