In December of 2007, I made the decision to no longer practice architecture so that I could devote all of my time and energies to develop my abilities for drawing and painting. It is chronicled in great detail in the bio section of my web site, www.wildlifeartbyacree.com, as to how this all came about so I won't try to duplicate it here. I am enjoying to the fullest this new adventure and I can't wait to get up each morning and get started. The new people that I am meeting make it especially rewarding. Every day something unexpected happens. For instance, this morning, much to my surprise, a letter, with some attached drawings, was given to me. The letter was written by an inmate in prison, about 2,000 miles away. He is in prison for life. He has seen one of my drawings of a tiger in a magazine. His problem, he writes, is that his drawings cannot be called "originals" since he has to depend on drawings and paintings done by other artist in magazines. He is asking for help. He needs photographs of wildlife from which he can do "original" drawings. Certainly, I want to help him, so today, one of the things that I have to do is to figure out how to do it.