I consider myself an artist not just a painter, even though my art is meant to be hung on a wall. I have always loved texture and I am constantly thinking of ways to add it to my art. Artists have always painted shadows but 3D effects and textures create their own shadows. The materials I use will either bounce or absorb light which helps to move your eyes around the art. I love the idea of an element coming off the canvas, even flying into it as the bee does in some of my pieces. Although I love to add sand to a painting it is never alone. I often mix it with paint as in Fuzzy Moppets and my horse paintings, which gives the art a softer effect than just paint would.