I am from a small farming community in Clay Center, Nebraska with a population of about 800 people. I first picked up a paintbrush 30 years ago when my two daughters were very young and being a stay at home Mom, I began looking for a way to make a little extra money. I tried everything from painting on river rocks to painting on old windows. Later I started painting and wood burning on gourds, then adding pine needles to the rims. I still paint around 100 real pumpkins in the fall, attend the occasional art show, and belong to farmer's markets in two nearby cities.