I have been an artist since childhood. Always doodling during school, my teachers would ask me to create artwork for display. One of my special memories is when my second grade teacher asked me to draw a portrait of Santa Claus and she displayed it on the classroom door. I felt so proud that she thought my art was so good! I took art classes through school, which kept me in touch with my creative side, and my artwork placed near the top in many competitions. Although life after school lead me in other directions, such as working a "real" job and raising a wonderful family, a love for art has always remained. A passion for drawing Santa Claus lead me to create hundreds of Santa paintings on slate boards, and other items which I sold at area craft shows, making a successful business known as SIMPLY SANTAS for several years. Although the SIMPLY SANTAS business was put on hold a few years ago, ideas for future works are still flowing!