Raised on a secluded ranch in rural Idaho, Cerese Vaden’s early life was an anachronism. Butter churning, making bread, gathering eggs and feeding bum lambs were among the weekly chores.Avid reading and family trips made her recognize the microcosm she lived in, but not until post-graduate school did she learn to appreciate that microcosm. Jobs in house painting, cake decorating, floral design, gardening and advertising supported her educational and artistic pursuits. Her longest lasting job (Associate Professor, University of Arizona) came shortly after receiving an MFA in studio art. She misses the butter churning, and even the bum lambs.