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To get to know our members better, we use a list of questions known as the Proust Questionnaire, made famous by French author, Marcel Proust.

1. What is your idea of happiness?

More than anything else, my idea of happiness is being in my home and garden with my husband and children.

2. What is your greatest fear? Very steep stairs and enclosed spaces!! So very steep stairs to an enclosed space?

3. Which living person do you most admire?

The living person I admire most is my husband. I know everything about him and I still think he is a wonderful human being.

4. What is your greatest extravagance? My greatest extravagance is probably fixing up our 100 year old craftsman. I know some people see old houses as a money pit. But it’s such a joy to restore and care for an old home. I can’t imagine spending my life any other way!

5. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? That’s easy: obedience. I think Kurt Vonnegut said “obedience is doing what you’re told no matter what’s right. Morality is doing what’s right no matter what you’re told”. And that’s a broad paraphrase. So something like that!

6. What is the quality you like most in a friend? Authenticity is the most important quality I look for in a friend. Without authenticity true friendship isn’t really possible.

7. If you could live anywhere on earth, where would that be? Right here

As for insights into painting,

I find the best way to paint is to do multiple canvases at once. This way no painting is ever “too serious”. It frees you up to just go for it. As well, I have a tendency to overwork paintings.

I learned years ago this was mainly because I just didn’t want to stop when I was “having fun”. So doing multiple paintings at once means I never have to stop! And maybe a juicy tidbit could be I have three children, one dog, one cat, one house rabbit, and one fish. So basically: it’s a little busy!

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