Background: Growing up on an island on the Gulf Coast, I loved being in and around water, observing migrating birds, and watching the ever-changing weather in the big sky. Drawing was a spontaneous pleasure from an early age. (Though I recall, as a 5 year-old, struggling mightily to satisfactorily replicate the shapes of my mother's high heels!) I was lucky to receive painting lessons as a teen. Being able to return to painting now is an unexpected and profoundly satisfying joy. I paint primarily in watercolor, though some pieces are mixed media.