" I paint because it's what gives me excitement...to create out of nothing. I paint to try something new, to see something in a new way. I paint to take a subject matter and make it my own. I paint to find new colors and new color interactions. I paint to express my freedom. I paint to take my mind off the everyday routine. I paint because I am inspired by what the ultimate Creator has already created: the organic lines of a tree, the contrast of the red bird against the winter landscape, the negative shapes formed in a still life, or the warm light creating shadows in a friend's sunroom.Most importantly, none of these things could inspire me to paint if first I didn't feel the happiness and love I receive from my husband, my children, and my faith. Without these my paintings would be lifeless."