What I love most about painting is how it makes me focus on my environment, even when I'm not painting at that moment. Unremarkable activities like a drive down the freeway become exciting when I try to figure out how I'd paint the light on the trees, the reflections in the cars, the color of the mountains. I paint almost exclusively on location, using mainly pastels, and the hours spent completely absorbed in the scene make it a memory that stays vivid long after I finish the painting. It has enriched my life tremendously. My husband, Gerry Winant, paints in oils, and we treasure the time spent painting outdoors together.