My name is Micheal Eaken. I have been painting with oils since my junior year of high school (1978). My art teacher told me to pick a medium that I liked, and I chose oils! I have also always painted from photos. I can paint anything as long as I can "see" it. I still work a full time job, so art is only part time right now, but I hope to take it full time soon! I do a lot of commission work from photos sent to me by people who want a painting to hang on their walls of a specific memory.