I had the opportunity to visit Thomas Hart Benton's home and studio in Kansas City. His art has always appealed to me. It was interesting to see where and how he created his paintings. A lot of preparation went into sketches and preparing sculptures to use as references while he painted. I also learned that he could be a crusty (or grumpy) man. This was disappointing, but I will separate my love of his art, from my feelings about his personality.