As a young child, I loved to draw and color. It wasn’t until my children left home and I retired as a counselor, that my passion to paint returned. My first mediums were acrylic and watercolor. Touring museums, I became more interested in the style of old masters and began painting with oils. I am a member of the Portrait Society of America and have had the wonderful privilege of studying and painting with many famous painters. I have painted numerous commission portraits. I prefer painting with oil because of how fluid and easy it is to blend and create a large palette of values. Every time I paint, I am in awe of our creation. To emulate this on canvas is humbling and challenging and creates a spirit of thankfulness.