||After maintaining a professional painting career for more than twenty years, my primary objective for graduate school has been to gain maturity in my painting. I was determined to expand my work ethic beyond self-imposed limitations. I believe growth and renewal can be achieved through the willingness to change, requiring self-examination, a search for new resources, and risk taking. I found my options were widely expanded by adopting alternative materials that required new methods for application. In my painting these changes redirected my focus toward the act of painting rather than the finished work. Taking risks and prolonging my painting process have enhanced the possibility of surprise and spontaneity and eliminated early resolution. This thesis is a discussion on my progress toward change.