I am an artistic, sensitive and caring woman, seventy-one years of age who, in the opinion of many, looks about fifty. I grew up in the south of England and lived with my parents until about twenty-eight years old. I am shy and somewhat introverted and am surprised that I have ended up spending almost half my life in California. I married an electrical engineer from Northern Ireland in 1974 and we moved to Silicon Valley in 1977 with his job, We have three children, a girl, born in England, and two boys both born here. I love nature and am happiest surrounded by countryside and solitude. As a profession I studied as an elementary school teacher and worked for ten years teaching five and six year olds. I loved teaching and was upset when I moved to California and discovered that my English teaching credential counted for little here and I could not teach without doing a full three year degree program and subsequent teacher training. I therefore emersed myself in my love of art.