Eleven years ago I won an ward at our prestigious Sooke Fine Art Show. It was my first big art award, which included a gift certificate to an art store. I treated myself to a large, thick canvas, on which I painted the first of many self portraits. I loved this painting, and had never intended to sell it. But alas, they don't call us starving artists for nothing. With small children to feed, I was forced to sell this painting. I was never sad because this painting went to the best home possible; an avid art collector and president of an arts council. Recently, this lovely woman has had to sell her estate, and my paintings have found their way home again. She has asked that I resell my paintings for her. Sadly, I still fit the bill for a starving artist and cannot afford to buy them for myself. So, my loss is your gain.