I became interested in art at a young age. My interest grew in my high school years due to the encouragement of my art teacher Anita Watts. She kept me interested in art and introduced me to Computer Graphics and Air Brush. She encouraged me to take risks and to develop my skill and improve my work habits. I had drawn a disturbing looking man who had chased me in a nightmare and incorporated it into a linoleum block print. Mrs. Watts insisted that I enter it into the 1988 “Artistic Discovery,” Congressional Art Contest in Washington D.C. My work received first place and a cash reward, and was displayed in the Hall of Congress near the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for a year. Anita is now retired after 30 years of teaching, and is a local Bronze Sculptor. She has entrusted me to create some of her armatures for her extraordinary sculptures of people and pets and she has began teaching me to sculpt as well. Please visit her website www.anitawatts.com.