I am a self-taught artist living in Alexandria, Louisiana. My mother was an artist and after she passed away my family gave me her paint and brushes calling me 'the creative one'. In 2007 I dragged them out of the closet (still good after all those years) and paint Christmas presents for my sisters. When I got a good respose, and much pressure from them, I painted a few and took them to a local gallery and retail stores. 'Maybe there is something there.' Much to my surprise they were selling! With just some high school classes (too many years ago). I call myself self-taught but with web sites like this one I am learning and being inspired by talented artist all around the world.