No experience or awards, self taught. None of my works are manipulated, nor do I use photographs to manipulate. Only Photoshop Elements 10, a few others programs, but very seldom. I have no formal art education or training at all. I paint in hopes my works are magical to the point you want to just jump into my scenes and be right in the mist of the entire scene and into a new wonderful world, free from all the worries of the real world for at least a small moment in time.