I am an artist with a studio and home in the North Carolina Mountains where I teach workshops in oils and watercolors and offer an artist mountain retreat with studio use and lodging (www.birdhouseretreatwnc.com). In 2007 I started the TRAC (Toe River Arts Council) Annual Paint Out with an average of 40 artists participating each year for the following four years. Sensing a need for a group addressing the activities of the artists painting 2D works for the Yancey County and surrounding areas, I started the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild (www.bragwnc.com) in July 2008. This has been a very active group with workshops, exhibitions and monthly meetings. I met Scott at the first Paint Out in 2007 where he took a Second Place and I saw his beautiful work and am the proud owner of one of his paintings. I look forward to painting with him often in the future and am pleased, when I do get to one of his Paint Outs, to see all the artists that are participating. email email@example.com, www.sandragatesart.com, www.bragwnc.com.