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I was a shy child, and most of my time I remember was spent wandering the pastures of my rural Texas hometown. Prickly pear cactus was a big part of my life visually.

We were poor, so I took pencils home from school and drew on brown paper bags from the grocery store. As soon as I could, I moved to the nearest big city, San Antonio, then to Houston and finally Dallas. After a career of 17 years in Dallas I needed to escape the big city and return to a simpler, less anxious life.

As of 2003 I moved into seclusion outside a small rural Texas town. My days are spent at the easel either outdoors or in the studio and I rarely leave my secluded cottage, except to return to those long walks from my childhood in the pastures.

I prefer to stay quiet and observe the world around me, things that would happen even if I was not here, but that would not be perceived in my way.

My goal is to live in even deeper seclusion, to paint even more and watch and listen.
Where once I stood in front of a mirror for approval,
I now look into a canvas for fulfillment.

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Michelle Lee