What is my livelihood story? Creating, sharing and promoting Art is my livelihood. It started when I was about 4 years old: playing in a rain-soaked driveway, sitting in the mud, making little mud dishes. Little did I know that many years later I would become a painter, potter and songwriter. In high school my love for all of the arts never ceased as I was in choir, band, orchestra, and played the French horn. Although I didn’t start painting until after I was married and had two small children, the desire was always there. I have taken several college courses and many art workshops, but am basically self-taught.