How did you arrive at this career?
I have painted in watercolors since I was a child and later took classes at the American Academy of Art and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. I worked in construction but didn't see myself doing sheetrock work for the rest of my life. I eventually got a job with the federal government as a draftsperson. In those days, drafting was still done by hand using ink, pencil, plastic film and paper. If you messed up, you could ruin weeks of work. It was tough, and I learned to be exacting with every detail. When drafting became computerized, I got a job with the Department of Defense. I combine my drafting skills with my artistic training.