The artist, Kirsten Walker of Hamden, is trying to sketch, paint and write more now that her four children are making their own PB & J's. She is a charter member and executive board member of the Friends of Hammonasset and the Friends of Brooksvale Park. Involvement in these two wonderful places gives her much inspiration in her art and writing. Walker has a degree in art education, dabbled in journalism, and hopes to take the plunge into childrens book writing and illustration soon. "For 10 weeks in later winter, I work the Sugar Shack at Brooksvale Park and as I sit and wait amidst the steam for the syrup to boil I sketch. The historic Brooksvale Barn is the first in a series of four small sketches Im doing at the park."