From 1994-1995 I worked as the assistant to Chicago born artist Joseph Norman. He was my very first drawing teacher at Rhode Island College in 1987 and I learned a lot from him. He invited me to work with him on the Rhode Island Avenue project- a large piece that is displayed in the Rhode Island Convention Center. It was a long, labor-filled project which Joe always kept fun. I supervised his RISD students who were there to help us prep the large canvases for painting.