Orange and lemon trees growing in neighborhood yards delight me and fill me with happiness. I’m working with my hands and heart on things. I work daily in my studio. Putting my work out as an offering or product is a new leaf. Posting and sharing on Instagram and other social media is also a new leaf. As a long-time art teacher I know we are all creative. Although I’m pretty sure “stuff” is not a good contribution to the world, I think our creative work that explores the multiple possibilities of anything is good. My mixed media work from and with photographs of lemon still lifes and orange trees is an exploration with acrylic paint and sometimes oil paint overpainted onto the photographs.