"My love of painting started in about 1970 after I attended a local street fair. I still have the little oil can that inspired me to paint. I took lessons locally, joined the Society of Decorative Painters, and finally was able to attend the conventions. That?s when I started learning. I was born in the Southwest in Bakersfield, California, on a farm and ranch. We raised cotton, cattle, horses, and sheep ? the sheep were projects of my brother and me."