by Elysia Conner
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 5:03 PM MDT
For Mathisen, who loves to depict animals, it was a great opportunity. Colorful birds and reptiles were a joy for her to see during the journey and inspired many paintings.
With a focus on interesting shapes and darks and lights, the retired dentist sees the world in new ways since having more time to spend painting.
“Painting teaches you to be a keener observer and you really do start paying attention to things you missed before,” she said.