At the risk of revealing my age, I can say that my interest in art dates back to my grade school years when I created pencil-on-paper drawings of “The Beatles” performing. Later -- in 7th-grade art class in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania city schools -- my art teacher admired a painting of mine titled “City of Bridges” … Pittsburgh, with its three rivers, being that city of bridges. After college – followed by a 30-year career with the federal government – I decided to return to my artistic roots. I completed various art classes in painting and sculpture offered by the Montgomery County Maryland and City of Gaithersburg Recreation Departments. Since joining the Maryland Federation of Art in 2019 I have had seven works of art selected for various shows over the 2019-2022 time period. One of those shows was at the Waverly Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland where I was presented an “Honorable Mention” award for my pasta sculpture titled “Elbow Room.” The work -- which features elbow macaroni and spaghetti, along with other pasta – was cited in a review of the show in the Washington Post newspaper as being a “whimsical” work of art.