As a child I spent many long hours in the woods or out on the desert playing with my siblings while my mother painted the scenery. Therefore, my love of art goes way back. I have used my limited art skill, drawing cartoon animals, plants, and doing other illustrations for my Science and English-As-a-Second-Language students, as well as for my wife and other teacher. Over the years I have used my cartooning talent to entertain my own children, nieces, nephews and even children at church. However, I have longed to be able to draw realistically. I have felt like a craftsman having the talent and but lacking the tools with which to work. I am presently realizing my dream and having a wonderful time doing it.