I started enjoying taking photos when I was in my teens but I never got serious about it until eight years ago and I had passed 70. Like many people after raising kids and retiring there are moments when you just follow inclinations with very little thought or concern. My first interest after retirement was the computer. I was fascinated by all of the information available. That led to computer classes including Photoshop and the digital camera. I joined local photo clubs and went on weekly outings for 5 years. There was a constant comment by my photographer friends that my photos looked like watercolor. Two years ago I decided to learn how to paint watercolor. I have been in classes every since. I have expanded in that time from Watercolor to Pastels and Acrylics. None of the three mediums have been a struggle for me. The brush in my hand feels very natural. Because of photography I came into painting with a understanding of color theory, values and composition. Now it’s techniques that are my challenge. I thoroughly enjoy learning new things and I am enjoying every minute of the challege of becoming a good painter/photographer. Everytime I complete something that I consider satisfactory the feeling I get is hard to describe. And when others find my work to be good I’m elated but still a little surprised. Because of the short time I have been painting and when I look at a completed piece I know there is something that has been laying dormant in my soul for a long, long time. I thank God I found it. The pleasure is mine.