If you look at the youthful work of Dali and Picasso you will find that they were both very skilled at classical painting.

Quote Originally Posted by jdef
As a matter of discipline I am not yet at a point in my evolution that I can begin to diverge from the conventions of "straight" photography. I still struggle with the basic skills necessary to produce a predictable, deliberate negative and consequent print. I belive that mastery of craft is necessary for the fullest possible artistic expression. As exciting and enjoyable as I find it, it is for me a means to an end. I despise artifice and gimmickery as substitutes for vision as a matter of principle. I am confident that my path, though long and sometimes arduous, will lead me to my goals. Until then, I must be content with shades of gray.-jdf