James Berson, born and raised in Los Angeles, is a self-taught artist who has been making art for over eighteen years. He credits much of his informal education to his former job as a gallery attendant at LACMA. Berson is new to the art scene; only in the past year has he completed and begun submitting work. Berson is diagnosed with OCD and often incorporates elements of Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy into his work. Berson views himself as somewhat of an art outsider, since he admittedly has no idea how to draw. “I even have trouble drawing a box,” Berson claims. Although many may judge him for this, he feels that art is about opening up minds, and that someone with his unique set of skills, weaknesses, and educational background is well suited for the production of such work.