Welcome to my blog, where I will express not only topics about my art and my journey as an artist, but also topics like: what inspires me to paint, how I interpret the world around me, the business of art, the beauty of art, the importance of art in our lives, and just art in general, especially the art of watercolor–my favorite medium. My father, the late Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006) used to say ,“To become a successful artist, you need two components: One, you need a good drawing hand. And two, you need a little luck.” What he meant by “luck” is that you need that one break in your career that allows you to be discovered. I suppose the term “successful” is relative to the desires and needs of the artist. I, for one, would be very happy with achieving a level of success where I could paint full-time, support my family, and be able to live out the rest of my days traveling to interesting places around the world (taking my portable watercolor kit with me, of course), playing a little golf, fishing, etc.. In addition, I want to share my paintings with the world and have them displayed in museums. These are high goals I have set, but what artist is not a dreamer as well?