Rarely is a person born, full-blown, as an artist. For most of us it takes years of growth, education and self-discovery. This book contains early artwork, from the first colored pencil drawing I made at age 11 until the late 1970's and early '80's, when I was ready to approach the world as a professional artist. The pieces in this book are survivors, paintings and drawings that managed to be saved out of many that were lost or destroyed. It's a varied selection of work, catalogued with insight as to their importance to my developing artistic career. The book is also telling, in what was saved and why.
After a thirty-plus year career creating paintings and works of art, Norma Jean Anderson (known professionally as Norma Auer Adams) has turned to writing. The subjects covered by this versatile artist have included stories about her paintings, memories of a beloved pet, and postcards from her father, saved from childhood that reveal how San Francisco in 1945 saw itself through its penny postcards.