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Hi, I am Maree Clarkson, and I'm passionate about sketching and painting. I haven't had any formal art training apart from a couple of semesters of art in high school in the ninth grade, but ever since I can remember I've been drawing and sketching (what's the difference between the two words?) and always carried a sketchbook with me everywhere I went. I would draw the flowers, my dog, my sister, the trees, the birds and every beautiful picture I came across in books. I have a couple of brand names I'm absolutely crazy about - two of them are Moleskine Notebooks and Parker Pens. There is nothing more satisfying that jotting down notes or making sketches in one of the incredible Moleskine note books with an incredible Parker pen or pencil. The inter-action between pen and paper inspires the senses like no other for me and creativity seems to spring forth like a fountain. Just packing all my Moleskine Notebooks in a certain order on the shelf gets my creative juices flowing and can lead to re-decoration of the whole room to display them more prominently or spark an idea for the next sketch! I got my first Moleskine in 2005 when I commented on a family member's lovely note book (her name is Antoinette) and she duly pulled a new one out of her handbag and presented it to me as a gift. I've been hooked ever since! It goes everywhere with me and although I am also a total technology and gadget freak, nothing satisfies like putting pen to paper. Explore your creativity, overcome your fears and I wish you a great journey in your artistic endeavour. - Maree Clarkson