Nancy Upchurch of Marlborough, a former a vice-president at CIGNA and is now a massage therapist, began painting a few years ago, a new interest she developed in her semi-retirement. "I got tired of the stress and travel, and decided I wanted to live my life simply and closer to home," she says. "I became a massage therapist and opened my own massage therapy practice. Now that I was actually at home, a friend invited me to take a beginner watercolor class with some of her friends. I did, and I fell in love with watercolor." The image on the cover is "Simon," her sister's cat.