Arlene's interest in art has been lifelong. Her childhood ambition was to be an artist. Her approach to painting is intuitive. She most often starts with colors and textures on the paper then looks for forms within the shapes which emerge. The paintings are done almost exclusively in water-based media, through pastel, colored pencil and collage are sometimes added. In recent years the paintings have most often become impressions of flowers and leaves, reflecting her endless fascination with garden subjects.