I have always loved drawing but my commitment and journey to become a better artist really only started in 2001. My husband and I were living in the Netherlands, where I was introduced to a well-known artist who lived in Den Haag. Jean invited me to take a class and I was hooked. Paint and brushes were a no-no until a number of drawings and sketches had been completed, after which acrylic paint was introduced. I entered a painting in a judged show and received a 3rd place award. When I look back at that painting I know that I have grown as an artist. We moved back to the USA and I studied art in Houston and California before moving to North Carolina in 2009. I joined the Artists League of the Sandhills and studied with Eileen Strickland. My medium of choice was oil until I signed up for a colored pencil class with Betty Hendrix at the League. Not only do I love my pencils, but I find that that the hand movement shuts down the mind and time stands still. I will always paint with oils and acrylics but my pencils go everywhere with me.