one of the things i like best about being an artist is that you can reinvent yourself every day if you want to. this year, for this one-a-day project, i'm trying hard not to fall into the same ruts, working to stretch my technique and abilities, going for something different every single day. I want to create new flavors of art that surprise even me, work that reflects not only my personality but the various influences and artists i've admired over the years. influences are a major part of developing one's own style. my mom used to tell me, if you like a certain piece of work, it behooves you to try and copy it, just to see how it's done. as a student of painting in college, we were challenged to imitate the work of an old master. my monet copy wasn't half shabby! by examining the work closely, even if only through photos, and dissecting it with my eyes, i learned a little about the artists approach, something i could later consciously and subconsciously incorporate into my own work. because as i see it, there's no such thing as an original idea, but there's also no one with an original voice identical to yours. so let er rip! find your voice! because the only thing worse than taking a risk and making a dumb mistake is making nothing at all, and the only thing worse than giving up is not trying.