I painted as a young woman and came into some money in the 70s, which I spent on painting lessons. My teacher was Barbara Politi. In a year or 2 something got in the way and I quit. I think it was that we moved and I didn't have room for a studio. And my cats liked to walk on the palette. The first photo was done before any lessons, in my 20s. I was Vicki Smith then. Some of the other paintings are from class with Barbara and some I did on my own.