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“My Girl” 12 “Workin’ It” DOWN COUNTRY ROADS make this thing I’m holding do what it can do.” After college, she remained in Arizona for more than three decades. During that time she broadened her scope of the world and did a variety of things that exposed her to different people and occupations while allowing her time to pursue her artwork. Along with other pursuits, she was a hotel maid, worked in a winery, waited tables, tended bar, worked at Verizon Wireless and prepared income taxes. While in college, she had an art teacher who inspired her in many ways, but particularly in the area of “topic.” At the time, she was drawing and painting a wide variety of things and he told her the paintings were good, but not exceptional. “He suggested I choose the one thing I was most passionate about, that I would enjoy painting a lot. He said the more I painted one particular subject, the better I would become at that one subject. I listened, and he was right. When a rancher stopped to look at my ranch artwork one year at a show, he remarked that the show had a lot of fine art, but mine was exceptional. His comment made me think of my art teacher who had inspired me in so many ways. I think of him often,” said JK. The subject she became passionate about was Western art, and the means to depict that subject was through watercolor. She focused on horses, cowboys and cowgirls, rodeos, saddles, boots and chaps. While living in Arizona, she was told by many that her work reminded them of Nelson Boren’s paintings, who then lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, but who was originally from Tempe, Ariz. He called her one day and they had a nice conversation. JK was the membership director for the Mesa Chamber of Commerce at the time and a coincidental bit of information was conveyed to her. “I found out the building we were housed in was designed by Boren. Someone went into the archives and brought out the design and sure enough, there was his signature,” said JK.