In second grade I remember an art assignment asking the class to choose something to draw. I chose an illustration depicting a pony, and although the sketch was hardly memorable,  the reaction from the other students and the teacher I will never forget. A bell went "ding" in my head and I knew right then and there that I would be an artist -- drawing and painting (especially, animals) -- and perhaps, just perhaps, experiencing again that positive and inspirational reaction from my second grade class.

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