I am not an artist, but a lover of art. I especially like mixed mediums and collages as these allow me to tell a layered story. I see ideas in everything around me. I have made a few things that could be considered works of art. But, mostly I create things that bring joy to only me. From that first spark of inspiration to all that follows -- the thinking, the planning, the trial and the error to finish -- I get lost in colors, shapes,textures, people, places, creatures, nature, minerals, jewels and dozens of other earthly delights. I create when I am happy or sad, when I have spare time and when I do not have a minute to spare. I consider creating a gift I can give to myself everyday to the end of my days.