I loved to draw as a child and almost always it was faces, animals and figures. A few years ago I rekindled my love of art when I retired. A gift of a box of pastels helped me find my medium. I fell in love with the immediacy of pastels and their juicy colors! While I paint still life and landscapes, my passion is portraiture, animals and figures. I strive to capture a likeness and the essence of the sitter's character. That's the joy! I am a self taught artist who continues to grow artistically by participating in workshops, open studios and membership in numerous art associations.