I owe my artistic ability and appreciation to my mother. I have spent my whole life surrounded by what she refers to as art that lightens the spirit. Countless art shows and paint sessions have taught me that creativity will always be a necessary factor in my life. I strongly believe that creativity comes in many forms and is in every single one of us. We are all individuals, and artwork is one of the best ways to capture individuality. It takes true courage to be an induvial through one’s unique expression. I am so thankful that I will always have an appreciation for this unique expression, no matter whose it is.