Like many individuals there has always been an affinity and deep appreciation for fine art. The Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and the Impressionist school became strong influences. More recent exposure to some of Canada’s artists such as William Brymer, Illingworth Kerr, Dorothy Knowles, and David Milne has only enriched personal understanding and appreciation. Unfortunately, at the time of high school graduation, a few decades ago, a different career path was chosen in the field of education. With retirement in the fall of 2014, a new life goal and career was set which was to become a more active artist. Throughout the years, interest in art was nurtured by attending the excellent Series program offered at Red Deer College. A variety of classes from pastel to mixed media to printmaking were taken. More recently classes in pottery, glass fusion and encaustic wax painting were taken. The University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension provides a further excellent opportunity to develop and refine skills. Over the past years, recent exhibitions include the Faculty of Extension gallery, Gallery 501 (Sherwood Park), St. Albert gallery, Nina Haggerty (Edmonton) and the Loft gallery (Sherwood Park).