I can't really say for sure what led me to oil painting and never thought of myself as an artist - the only painting I’ve done in the past involved Sherwin-Williams.
I have always been somewhat creative - I started my career as an architect, but after a few years, I left the profession for business school and a different career path. However, I'd always have a sketchbook filled with various pen & ink drawings.
My process is fairly simple. Once I decide what to paint, I collect several pictures of that particular theme for a sense of vision. I also find that it helps with scale, shadows and colors. I then sketch my interpretation on the canvas for the arrangement and decide how I would begin. However, there are always plenty of opportunities, intentional or not, of discovering other variations from what was originally intended. I guess that’s what I like most, the creative journey.