Debbie Gualco founded Capital ArtWorks as an open studio/ gathering place for artists to work from a live model, discuss art, and exhibit their work. I first stumbled upon Capital ArtWorks when I was looking for open studios in Sacramento where artists could paint from live costumed models. Over the years, Debbie and I developed a friendship through our mutual devotion to painting from life and to creating a supportive environment for artists in the community. In 2014, when my painting partner Earl Boley died, Debbie and I began painting together every week, setting up a still life on the days the studio was closed to the public. That year I also began supporting Capital ArtWorks as the gallery manager and curating monthly exhibits of local/regional artists.