Before I had my two children, I worked selling furniture and helping people to decorate their homes--my first passion--interior decorating/design and art! Before I went back to my first passion, I worked for a variety of non-profits and government sponsored programs--including AmeriCorps (domestic version of the PeaceCorps), D.H.S., and the University of TN. Before working in the non-profits, I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and really enjoyed being politically active with a group that addressed socio-economic injustices! As a result, I decided to major in Political Science and Anthropology. Studying about different cultures, its art, and political systems has always fascinated me! I think that we can learn a lot about any culture from the art it values, which tells you a lot about its society! Moreover, I have always loved art and nature. My husband and I, along with our two children, enjoy living a quiet and simplistic life, which lends itself to enjoying nature. I love being outside with my children and exploring with them about animal habitats and observing the natural world around us! It makes me almost sad to have to leave such natural beauty behind when we come inside that 'bringing nature indoors' with us just seems the right thing to do! Painting as a way of recording our beautiful memories of what we see on our adventures makes me smile time and time again! My children seem to love it, too!