For over 40 years as a Nurse Anesthetist I spent more time in the operating room than outside of it. The tremendous responsibility and intense focus required by my career had me craving color, texture and an escape route for creativity. Throughout the years I studied design, sewed my own clothes and created paper art. However, not until I retired in 2018, did the desire to paint consume me. Emboldened and encouraged by the professional artists? workshops I attended over the past year, I now paint full time, allowing my spirit to shine and express itself.