I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon. My mother said that the first thing I ever drew was a cat! After that, pretty much anything with four feet and fur was on my radar. Evenso, there's a small but growing collection of humans and abstracts in the body of work. I started out with pencil (graphite and colored pencil) and ink, but as a young adult discovered water-based paints. SO much faster to paint with a brush than a single pencil tip! So I often mix watercolor, ink and colored pencil to get the effect I want. Pastels found their way into my world much more recently, and I truly love the direct application of color with my hands. But I find myself painting more and more often with acrylics - they feed my need for vibrant color and speedy application.