I loved drawing as a child --- seemed to do it all the time. After becoming discouraged in high school, I ignored art for 33 years while raising a family of 1 daughter and 3 sons. All are adults now; 3 are married and living in Texas -- each of them have given us a grandchild. Our youngest son is single and in the Navy, stationed aboard an aircraft carrier out of Norfolk, VA.
Desire grew in me to get back into art after reading "J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator" (by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull) and Cathy Johnson's book, "The Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature". I was invited to join a local watercolor group in August 2005, where I was introduced to watercolor for the first time and loved it.
In May 2007, I began to keep a sketchbook, starting with the Every Day Matters challenge list. Now keeping a personal sketch journal is an almost daily habit that I plan to keep the rest of my life. Tending to be a bit of a hermit, I am trying to learn new habits in getting "out there" in nature to sketch and journal. Maybe even paint the Flint Hills someday. (The burning prairies as I drove home yesterday were eerily awesome to behold!)