The expression by virtue of painting came as a result of the want of experimentation after the photograph was taken. The appeal expanded from there to inact some of my favorite artists. I learned by doing, jumping fully in. In a big way, it was a way for me to narrow down exactly what I wanted the viewer to see. I was able to pick out explicit aspects or bring forth distinct emotions through painting. Photoshop can be a cold mechinasim used to do the same thing. However, painting allows for the emotion to become more real, closer to home, as well as becoming more personal.