The root of my desire to create in artistic form began in my cradle from one of the most gifted portrait artists I have ever known, my mother Doris Bell Wright. She put a pencil in my hand the moment I was old enough to hold one and encouraged me to draw. I have always felt the need to capture in my art the special places, people and moments I have experienced through my life’s journey. I do not just want to capture a perfect image, but I want to find a way to represent the essence of the subject matter. Art is my way of communicating what has stimulated or moved me in some way and is an extension of my senses. As I create, I remember the smells, sounds and touches I have experienced. At times, my creations may not be an image as much as an impression or feeling; they are a way for me to share with others the people and places I have seen and loved, so that others may have the opportunity to experience the beauty in them as well. Why do I create art that I feel is lovely or beautiful? Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “If the eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.”