I was the only child of Finnish immigrant parents born in Ford City (east Windsor) in 1933. At that time it was the social European Union in Windsor. Ford City was a vibrant commercial and industrial area. I graduated from the University of Windsor and taught high school for twenty-seven years. I had always been interested in art and when we travelled through 101 different countries, we always made it a point to go to the art museums. After retirement I took group lessons and watched painting shows on PBS to develop my artistic skills. I paint landscapes, flowers and portraits. I have lived in Essex County all my life and in Kingsville since 1995.