I had brought in some smaller realist works I had done to show him. He was the first enthusiastic art dealer I had ever met where my career and art were concerned. I asked if he was interested, and he said yes, but he had to call his partner first.
After a brief call to Doug, they accepted me into their gallery! Knowing what I know now, it is even more special.
Until then, I had been thinking about giving up on ever being in a gallery and seriously considering giving it all up. Thanks to Carlos and Doug, I have remained true!