In the basement of my childhood home, I utilized a tornado shelter as my art studio. I was thrilled to display my creations on the cement block walls. But, as a lot of children do, I got busy with other endeavors. Eventually, I earned a degree in interior design and had a successful career. Then a cancer diagnosis set me back. Art became a healing outlet for me and I realized how much I missed having art as an active part of my life. In 2020, I decided I needed a dedicated art studio. After investigating options, I finally found space in an old office building just one week before the lockdown. It is actually storage space with plywood walls, concrete floor, exposed ceiling and no heat or air, but it is a place I could get away by myself to rejuvenate and be creative during a pandemic. I felt extremely fortunate!! I have been going every day and am grateful the timing of it was so perfect. One of the first pieces I created was a Coronavirus mixed media piece, shown in the photo.