This book was written with the caring support and assistance of a few very important people. First, I must thank my mom, who has always inspired my creativity and supported my ideas, and was instrumental in helping me organize my thoughts as I wrote this book. Thank you also to Michael for his vision, talent, and tireless effort on my behalf. A special thank you goes out to Kim Spilker, my acquisitions editor who discovered me, encouraged me, and introduced me to the world of publishing.
I also need to thank Steve Vance, a master prepress artist who coaxed my images to look their best, and my contributing photographers — Denise George, Robert Holley, Stephen Poffenberger, and Stacy Wasmuth.
My attractive subject examples each participated in support of this book; thanks to all of you. Some of the main subjects are my mom, my dad, Michael Welch, Stephanie Norwood, the Kullers, the Monroes, the Poliquins, the Tainters, the Youngs, the Friskes, the Peternels, the Shahs, the Georges, the Langsteins, the Schwartzs, the Boldts, Olivia Tracy, Victoria Coleman, Carm Goode, Teresa O'Neill, Terrence McNally, Bryan Kent, Cortnee Kornegay, Tabitha Brown, and Kris Kristoffersen.
My teachers over the years all deserve credit for sharing their knowledge and kindling my curiosity: Bobbie Leslie, Bobbi Lane, Charles O'Rear, Lee Varis, John Stewart, Carm Goode, Lawrence Manning, and Joyce Tenneson.
I'm very thankful for my devoted friends who patiently listened, waited, and stood by me ...