Painting enables me to view and react to the world and the people around me. Rearranging and composing the patterns and compositions I see and sharing them has been a crucial part of my life for the past thirty years. Experimenting with different media and using new techniques enables me to explore the constantly changing visual world that so often goes unseen. The light at a particular time of day, the color of shadows extending across a field, trees that become figures. At this point in my career I am finding that working in oil, gouache & acrylic the most satisfying media for capturing what I am trying to express in my work. For 2019 I am attempting to paint, photograph, and create something every day for a year. It is in collaboration with a group online and we call it 3652019. Daily images can be seen on Facebook under David R Eakin. With my work, I feel I have succeeded with a composition if I have learned something new during the creative process. It is important to me to continually participate in classes and workshops as well as to interact with fellow artists and others who understand why “art matters”.