My background is in fine art, particularly painting. I sold paintings through juried shows, galleries, and private commissions for 10 years before I started having kids, two to be exact, Lauren and Jesse. Raising them was a delight on most days, and even on the teary days (mine, not theirs), being Lauren and Jesse’s mom will always be my highest achievement of all time. Through the years of homeschooling, ice hockey, and stinky kendo equipment and the like, I learned what it was to love unconditionally. Now both are grown and have started their own lives.