One of the things I love most about this artist life is teaching. Some of you who know me have heard me joke about "taking a 40-year break" from painting (I did!). But one of the thrills of where I am on this path is being able to bring the fun, the reward and the ease of making art to many of my students who, like me, always had the "I want to" but put their families and other careers first. I want to tell all the artists in my classes in the same way I tell myself, "Welcome back!" We may have taken a few side trips here and there, and we may have been secret artists forever, so again, "Welcome back!"