West Hartford resident Pam Hastings, who created the oil painting on this week's iTOWNS cover, graduated in 1970 from the University of Hartford Art School with a bachelor of fine arts. She worked at The Hartford Insurance Group designing business forms and company publications. She also did design work for web sites while doing painting and other artwork on the side. After retirement, she joined The West Hartford Art League to pursue further art instruction and to exhibit in shows. She mainly works in pen and ink and watercolor, but also enjoys oils and acrylics. Her favorite subjects are animals and the New England countryside.