My first love of art came with painting. I remember in 1st grade, I told my mom that when I grew up, I would be a painter. Even though I got the (typical Asian parent) response, "Sure! You can be a painter on the side when you're a brain surgeon!", it didn't really stop me from pursuing a future in art (16 years later). I'm not a painter now, nor am I a brain surgeon, but I'm proud to know some really great painters! (Even though I am a little envious of their profession.) :)
I've mentioned Ricky Colson before. While I'm a huge fan of his highly-detailed paintings playing with size and scale, I am really loving his new series of paintings and prints featuring animal silhouettes!
He's got an Etsy shop, too!