Each time I sit down to paint, I am reminded of the lineage of artists who precede me, including those from my family. I am a third generation artist. My maternal Grandfather began painting as a sign-painter in New York and New Jersey, after immigrating to the United States from the Ukraine. My Mother, Ruth Demel has been an accomplished Watercolorist, for over 60 years. As a child, I played alongside her, as she taught me how to draw, use pastels, and paint with watercolors.