In 1940, my family was resettled from a small German farming community in Besserabia, Romania/Ukraine, Russia to “New Germany,” which is now Poland. That is where I was born. After 5 years of working a farm, the family fled west to avoid advancing Russian troops. In 1948, we finally ended up in a refugee camp in Weisau Germany, in the American sector. Four years, went by before we were finally sponsored to immigrate to the United States. In 1952 we settled in, as sugar beet laborers, as repayment for our passage to America, in Sterling Colorado! I started painting after a long career as a hair stylist/color educator and beauty salon owner. My daughters took me to a “Sip and Paint” party and I was hooked. I’m semi-retired now, living in Castle Rock. My main pleasures in life are playing golf, acrylic painting and enjoying my 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.