I am a resident of Harney County since 1997. I started to take watercolor classes off and on during our 30 years in Bend, Oregon. My husband became the manager of a Pheasant Hunt Club in Nevada, and during our 10-year stint I became serious thanks to my good friend and fellow artist, Velda Mestre. She had a fantastic studio where she encouraged me to expand. “Art in the Mountains” offered us fantastic opportunities to paint with Masters: two separate weeks with Lian Quan Zhen and a wonderful week with Tom Lynch. Burns’ own Artista Mary Lou Wilhelm continues to stretch me.