Marian Musmecci, Santa Barbara Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement I have been painting and writing since college. As a wife and a mom of three musicians and a full time high school teacher I did not begin seriously writing and painting until my three were off at college. With the support of my husband, I have published my first novel, THIN PLACES, and I am now marketing my art. For me, colors on canvas are like characters in a story: I get to know them; their personalities become clear, and there are times when I let them tell me what they want to do. I enjoy the process of creating, of allowing an idea or an ideal, a feeling or an awareness, to take shape.