Early formative years spent on a farm and attending a one-person schoolhouse became the reason for rural scenes and animals in my art. This obsession started long before Grade 1 as wallpaper would attest to in the farmhouse. The height of my decorations indicated I was vertically challenged which is why my parents didn't notice. One day it became apparent that paper was a necessity and that was the begining of my being "off the wall." At school, over-beleagured teachers tried to have art once a month. We were all given a piece of paper and encouraged to draw. Art did not exist at the Goderich Highschool as the principal was a Math and Science man. Since those days, I have taken Night Courses: Sculpture at Central Tech (Toronto), Introduction to Watercolour (Kitchener), Chinese Inkbrush Painting (Ohio), Carving (Edon Humphrey), Painting Junkets (Dvon Paquette, Virginia), and an oil painting course (Milt Kobayashi, Arizona). In some ways, not having had years of formal training has held me back. But on the other hand, it has made me read, invent and become highly independent in my vision of art. My favourite quotation is from Monet: "It is not necessary to understand, only to love."