After many years of working in the corporate world, I knew I wanted and needed a more personal form of self-expression. A dear friend and mentor of my art career had always encouraged me to paint. But, I knew I couldn’t devote the time and attention needed to painting with the responsibilities of family and a career. So, I waited until I was able to do so full time, after I retired from my corporate career. I started painting about six months before my dear friend died. My greatest thrill was to be able to show him some of my early work. Today, he is still with me in some of his palette knives and brushes I use and cherish. He encourages me every step of the way. My painting is for him and for the pure enjoyment of creating because I love what I am able to do.