I began oil painting after I retired from a career of teaching blind and visually impaired children. My love of landscapes comes from growing up on a farm in Western Michigan, and I have lived in various places including in Kansas, Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Nebraska and Pennsylvania, before returning to Michigan in 2011. The appreciation for woods, rivers and lakes has been inspired by visiting many forests, parks and trout streams. The paintings are based on photos my husband and I have taken on fishing trips and other travel. I’m always looking for compositions that inspire me to paint a scenic place that I’m connected to, or just the beauty of the light, shadows and color. In addition to river and country scenes I also enjoy painting still life scenes. Still life paintings include antique objects, fresh flowers or groups of things that tell a story. Every painting is like a puzzle to solve, with its challenges and rewards when the pieces come together.