Sharon Hitt I grew up in a small village in Central Oregon. I attended a very small school and no art classes were offered. My friends would tell you I “doodled” my way through school. My working life took me in a very different direction. I worked for local and State governments and co-owned a financial management firm contracting with the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. I considered retirement off and on but just couldn’t think what I might do with my time. Then a friend sent me brushes and paints for Christmas and said, “Here, now retire!” And it began…… My first painting was of reeds in a pond, titled “Payback #1”, which I immediately sent to her!. I enjoy my "Art" life and the many interesting and talented people I have met along the way.