As a child I was drawn to the woods and fields. Spiders, birds, and bugs fascinated me. My poor mother was afraid to empty out my pockets doing laundry for fear of some critter hiding away. In time it was the structure of a tree or the play of light that made me stop and wonder. I often drew or painted some animal or scene. I would be gone in the woods or fields for hours at a time. This went on right into college. It was difficult trying to pick my major. History, art, architecture? Eventually I graduated in Wildlife Biology. Never used the degree directly, but the wonder of nature, light, and landscape lingered on. Tish and I would often take the kids to Finley Wildlife Refuge for a hike. We did many outdoor things on little money. I nibbled at painting for many years. One day, I threw down the gauntlet and said stop painting or always be painting. I chose the latter.