Brian Atchley was inspired to begin painting several years ago after he came across an abandoned canvas in a Chicago dumpster. And what at first had started out as a quest to build affordable wall art grew into something much more meaningful over time. Brian is an autodidact by choice, because he loves the process of learning through doing, rather than through prescriptive art classes. His paintings are the products of making mistakes and the learning and growing that emerge from those mistakes. Currently, his work is focused mostly on black and white human photography. His defining style is characterized by dramatic lighting, the interplay of shadows and light, and the often incongruous textures of the human body. When not painting, he finds enjoyment in his dual passions: Yoga and Meryl Streep.