Short note for visitors: This is my new revised site. The “old as dirt” site which began in 1996 is no longer with us. If you came here via search, look in the menu to the left. The page and material you had interest in is still here. Enjoy.

Maurice Garson, AKA Britt Garrison, was born in a small Victorian farming town in the sticks of  New Jersey, USA. Assuming names of his French ancestors he grew up during the fifties and the sixties and began exploring art at an early age.He has been a multimedia artist  for most of his life in various mediums. However, due to an  un-yielding passion he intentionally continues to work in contrast with progress struggling to preserve  the  traditional methods of painting art.

Maurice Garson, AKA Britt Garrison

While progressing with modern methods with both old and new materials,  it has become aware to him that  some ancient painting processes (deserving of more reverence) may become driven to extinction if  these resources remain unavailable to anyone with sincere  interest. Thus was born “Ask Maurice- An Artist Reference to Painting”.

The general purpose of this publication is to provide a free  art research resource and forum for current and future artists. This web site was intentionally  created as a consistent expanding data base to furnish whatever knowledge the reader would require. The drop down menu folder links to the left outline the current and future publications to be available on this site. And, there is also a site search to help you find what you are looking for. Can’t find it?  Contact Maurice with your inquiry.

Shop for recommended titles from the collection of books available from my bookstore powered by Through out you are provided with links to shop online for recommended and materials specific to each painting project from various art suppliers added that sponsor this site. You are invited to browse the instructional subjects provided and visit the art related links sharing  educational and manufactures’ recommendations on the web.

If you have an active or special interest in the art of painting, feel free to offer any additional information suggesting what would make this site more beneficial to the public. You can personally contact Maurice via with any inquiries you may have.  All intellectual contributions are welcome.

For guidance with your projects or to offer suggestions, you can also interact within the Blog link provided to discuss “painting”  topics with other artists or visit Painters Notes and review some of my works in progress. Please, utilize this resource constructively and of course return to this site frequently for future interest..

“Absolutely nothing is gained from an inhibited expression.”


  Maurice Garson