When I started offering classes in drawing, I did so mainly to provide a break from the very solitary nature of my illustration work. It worked! I have met wonderful, interesting people from communities all along the Gulf Coast. They show up at my door, art supplies in hand, every week. What could be nicer?

Art student Anne Tredway serves on the fund-raising committee for Covenant Hospice of Pensacola, Florida. At their upcoming luncheon event, The Art of Fashion 2011, the afternoon festivities will include an art auction of works by regional artists — and will feature my graphite and gouache trumpet flower original. Check out their web site if you happen to live in the coastal area. It’s a fun event for a very worthy cause.