I grew up in southern Illinois. Childhood was simple, met my wife when we were thirteen years old, and considered myself lucky. Later, after medical training, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin became our home. Here I was a family physician for thirty-six years and we raised our two children. Since retiring in 2017 I have felt driven to be an artist. Artistically my background is also simple, sketching in ink before my medical career began. These early efforts resumed the last five years with a new media, oil pastels. Any future success would be attributed to an acclaimed artist and teacher represented here at Edgewood Orchard Gallery. He has been a friend and a mentor. I try for an unseen spiritual power in my works. And I would like to thank Edgewood Orchard Gallery for the opportunity to share them with you. Being recognized by Nell and J.R. is akin to medical school acceptance. It changed my life. Van Gogh said “to do good work we must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace”. Other than pipe smoke being replaced by wood stove smoke, I have all the promise to do good work. Many thanks to my wife for seeing to that.