I retired from Haywood County after 30 years where I taught general music in grades K-8 at Bethel Elementary and Middle Schools and was the Choral Director at Tuscola High School. Upon my retirement I discovered colored pencil classes at the Teresa Pennington Gallery where it became my passion and joy! Colored pencil is the only medium that I use. I enjoy landscapes but my love is drawing animals. I start with the eyes where I find the animal’s soul which begs me to continue their story. The process of colored pencil is very slow which gives me the opportunity to relax and put the cares of the world aside.