I am a Maine native and I retired from a career of almost 40 years in public health in 2013. I love being in Maine, near the ocean, the fall colors, the farms, animals, birds and the many beautiful sights Maine offers. I have had no formal art education. Before my retirement, the only art education I experienced was a couple of acrylic classes in college and several drawing classes through local adult education. As a child, I often drew animals, birds and people. In 30+ years of quilting, I designed many quilts, which helped to build my understanding of the use of color, contrast and composition. Since retirement, I have taken pastel workshops and drawing classes with some wonderful local and out of state artists. This has helped me to build and enhance my skills and also to experience encouragement and support from other artists. I am very happily engaged in painting with pastels. I enjoy the beautiful colors and the versatility of the painting process. The process is at once exciting, calming and centering for me. For me, becoming an artist is a lifelong dream and I love the continuous opportunities for learning. I am grateful for any chance to share my work.