Now that we've got that out of the way... ;)
I was born in rural NH and while I love all that NH has to offer, in the way of natural settings, I sometimes long for the cultural hotbeds of the world.
I became a graphic designer when it finally sunk in that fine art wouldn't pay the bills for me (especially in this location), and began working for myself, successfully, in April '12.
Though raised and groomed to be a conservative, I find myself to the far left in the political spectrum (Mom and Dad are so disappointed). I am also a feminist, but I am not of today's "sex positive" feminists, nor do I reject anything on the basis that it has been labeled "feminine".
As an artist, I enjoy painting, drawing and sculpting (any subject matter). I have just acquired a wheel for throwing pottery. I can't wait to give it a whirl! As a creative person, I need to see and experience new things on a regular basis to restock my inner library. You don't think that stuff just comes out of nowhere do you? As Pablo Picasso said "Good artists copy. Great artists steal."
When I am not overly busy, I really love cooking. One of my children is a finicky eater but when the kids are away, Mom will play. I find baking to be particularly therapeutic. Baking pies is fun because the dough scraps are sort of like clay and decorating a pie can be a creative activity.
Growing up I had horses and my father kept steers. Having always been a nature lover, I named them, spent a great deal of time letting them chew my shoe laces and lick my pant legs, and was heart broken when they went to slaughter. I made that mistake as many times as he refilled the barn. I am no vegetarian, but I really love animals. Now I have a big old dog and two cats. I'd like more barnyard animals - a whole menagerie, in fact.
When I was a girl, my mother called me "Nature Woman." I was always rescuing injured rodents, birds, and stray dogs and cats. Once, I raised a baby bird and when she learned to fly, she would land on my head whenever she saw me outside. We dug in the garden for grubs. Okay, I dug in the garden - she hopped around eating the grubs. Regardless, we were a team.
I love to fish, hike and canoe/kayak. Quiet time surrounded by nature recharges me. Woods, water, mountains, and fields all have much to offer me. I know a few choice places in nature, but it seems to be getting harder to find good ones where you don't often run into other people.
Biology fascinates me. I sometimes wonder if I should have been a doctor. I have had formal schooling in psychology, animal science and fine art, but only sought a degree in design. I would be a full time student for the rest of my life if I could. I will never learn enough in only a single lifetime.