Chris has enjoyed teaching, traveling, art and more recently gardening. She has lived in Florida for 40 years and has taught Spanish and ESL in public and private schools, colleges, and also overseas in 10 countries. Her love of travel started as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic ( 68-70). Since then, she first raised two children in Florida and then taught in 7 different countries in Latin America, Turkey and Thailand often as a volunteer. Traveling again only increased her desire to paint beautiful places so many of her painting are from foreign countries. She moved to Bradenton 20 years ago and took art classes from many local artists. In 2014 she bought the yellow chalet house which provides a home and art studio. Her new interest in succulents sprang out of nowhere in 2019 when she retired as director of Project Light Adult English Learning Center. She still tutors, teaches for Unidos Now, goes camping in her Aliner, and wants to find homes for her paintings and succulents by making the Bradenton community aware of what she has to offer through this website. Once a teacher, always a teacher, so small group classes at her studio are available in Spanish, acrylic, watercolor or silk painting which she learned to do in Thailand.