This high-level program started through a prayer.
Last year, I started a daily meeting on my You Tube channel where anyone could join and pray.
A couple from South Africa, Johann and Natalie, would join from time to time and, man, could they pray!
One day, they prayed for me and my art business.
Natalie said (along the lines of), "I pray for your student named Jeff that you be a blessing to him and he would grow as a result of learning from you."
After she finished praying, I said, "I don't have a student named, Jeff. In fact, I've never had a student named Jeff. But maybe I will in the future, so may that blessing be for him."
As it turns out, the next week, a student named Jeff joined my school. Then another week later, another student named Jeff joined my school!
This particular Jeff (Jeff Vehige) had just learned how to paint the year before and was looking to take on the challenge of portrait painting. He joined my school and immediately started working hard to improve his skills.
But he wanted more.
He asked me if if he could go deeper with me in learning. We ended up doing a one-hour LIVE session every week for about 6 months, in addition to the All-Access Apprentice Level critiques. We would discuss 1-2 paintings during the session and break them down, to a very fine level.
The one-hour sessions were a ton of fun for both of us, and he really accomplished a lot. His painting skills went to such a high level, I said, "Jeff, I think you're almost as good as me." :) We were kind of laughing when I said it, but it is actually quite true!