Although the initial reason I began to take art classes was so that I could learn to draw the human figure more accurately, the truth is that my first love was landscapes. Like many new artists, I believed I was going to be another Monet or Cezanne. Clearly that never manifested, but I did manage to produce some legitimate landscape paintings!
During my first years I dove into plein air painting, lugging around my gear and making a spectacle of myself. Eventually, however, I began to work less in the natural environment and more from reference and in the studio. I won’t say that this approach makes for better or worse artwork, but it does make for an entirely different experience.