Vicki Sawyer attributes her art education, graphics work, and years of painting murals as puzzle pieces leading her to her current focus on acrylic and oil painting. In her childhood, several people influenced her love for nature. On their many walks, her storytelling grandfather would fascinate her with the names of plants and their purposes. Even in the simplest things her mom’s childlike delight taught her to be visually aware and her dad gave her a love for birds. Years ago when she painted murals, they featured birds, insects, animals, grasses, and wildflowers. Painting murals gives her an opportunity to display the things she learned to love as a child. On a walk a few years ago, it occurred to her that if birds could build nests, then they could make hats. This thought has been the inspiration for many bird and animal portraits. Vicki's current works take what she enjoyed in mural painting and put them onto canvas. With each painting her goal is to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and often humor. If she can positively impact someone with her art, then she has reached her ultimate goal. Vicki Sawyer lives and works in Franklin, TN.