When I was six years old, I won a drawing poster contest in Montgomery, Alabama sponsored by a local TV show. I held the prestigious honor of being on the Captain Zoomar show! The show was a bit like the once known favorite Captain Kangaroo Show but on a local level in the area. Many years later, I still love to draw!. I am a self-taught artist. I discovered the medium of pastel when I took a class from a local instructor and fell in love with it. I like the beautiful vibrant colors and ease of the medium. I love that I can walk away for five minutes or five hours and pick right back up from where I left off. No worries about drying or washing out brushes. My love for expressing myself through painting is some of the most enjoyable moments for me. I love the saying, ‘Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life’. When I paint, I totally get lost in the moment and I do feel renewed. Balancing a career not in the art field lends a small amount of weekend time behind the easel, but I continue on the journey to make it a part of my life. When possible, I attend local artist workshops to further develop my skills. Occasionally, I enter local shows and have won a few ribbons for my work. These types of things offer encouragement to continue to educate and challenge myself in the medium of pastel. Some of my framed work is currently at Eastside 64 Gallery in Highlands, North Carolina.