My first teacher, Russian Expressionist Valery A Gueraskevich, was a big believer in students taking on tribute projects so they could follow the brushstrokes of the masters to learn their techniques. This practice has a long history in the arts. Unfortunately, I have only a handful of photos of the tributes I produced, but here are the ones that remain. It is a practice in which I continue to indulge. I never fail to learn something from copying a master painter and I always find new respect for their work in the process.