After taking the art award in high school, A.E. Matheson promptly forgot she could draw at all as she pursued her writing and other less interesting life-related things. In 2005, finally accepting she would not be writing while on vacations, she took a drawing book on her trip instead. She had tried this before on a trip to Europe in '97, but for some reason, jet lag perhaps, the effect did not last.
This time, though, Beth drew and painted non-stop for four months, producing upwards of seven pictures a day and even creating work with her left hand. She has slowed down enough to go back to her writing (she is preparing a kids’ novel for submission), and is learning Adobe Photoshop (God help her). In her spare time, not only is Beth a professional calligrapher, but she has now taken her cello playing public for pay.
On weekday afternoons she can be found working at the University of Saskatchewan's Law Library, amusing herself by harassing law students with answers like “No”, when they ask such brilliant questions as "Have you got that book?"