This weekend was the 'Meet the Artist' and demonstration for my art show in Missouri. I had so much fun meeting the variety of people who were interested not only in my art, but in nature itself! They shared their own experiences with nature, and I discovered that many people find our world as mysterious and unpredictable as I do. The Missouri Conservation Department provided several 'mounts' of creatures, some of which I used in my demonstrations. I was especially delighted to talk with children about them, and allow them to touch a 'bird' for the first time! The fish was one of my demos, from a mount of a crappie. The unfinished bird is from a mount of a merlin hawk.