As a child, growing up in Kansas City, I had the benefit of frequent visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and an older sister, Judith, the "artist in the family", who would drive me there and let me wander the galleries. Afterwards, we would stroll the rose gardens at Loose Park. My mom and her friend Margaret collected butterflies and mounted them in shadow boxes. Since I was not "the artist", I didn't try to compete, until my friend, Eva Losacco, challenged me to try watercolors. I was lucky enough to find a very kind, generous, patient and encouraging teacher in Heeyoung Kim. My happiest space is looking at beautiful artwork, and being in nature, attempting to replicate, understand, and appreciate the stunning intelligence of the life that supports us all. We can't love what we don't know, so I am constantly learning about our extraordinary environment, and trying my best to share that knowledge with others.