North of Big Timber is a beautiful ranch where I grew up. However, I had the wanderlust which led me to college in Tennessee and then to work in Pittsburgh, PA before coming home to Montana to complete my B.A. at MSU in Bozeman. After teaching one year North of Big Timber and two years in Bozeman, I was off to Alaska. A year later found me teaching near here in Wyoming. Following nearly a year of teaching there I met and married Joe, my husband of 44 years. I taught one more year and then we headed to the University of Wyoming where I finished an M.A. in Counseling. Between going to school, working, being a wife, the mother of three sons, and spending several years in the mission field, there was little time for painting. Also, being self taught, it took a good bit of trial and error for me to reach the point of marketing any work. Having retired several years ago, I now live near Big Timber and paint as much as possible.