I am self-taught and consider myself to be a mixed-media artist who works in several mediums and styles. Painting in more than one style is necessary for me. To limit myself to only one way of painting would cause me to lose my enthusiasm as my mind is constantly thinking of new ways to do things. I often have several different paintings in progress at the same time and often they take various turns and changes as they evolve over time. I am that way in everything in life and I feel laying down rules as to how I create art is in opposition to what art is all about! I grew up living next to a successful artist and he was an expert at realism but even in that his style varied somewhat. My paintings are in collections in a number of states here in the U.S. as well as Canada and England. More can be seen at my website at Alexis Baranek Art.