Myrna Friedman became an artist at 5 years of age. She grew up in the Bronx and discovered that her artistic talents were a great way to get attention. Whether it was the crayons that she used to decorate flower pots in kindergarten or the covers she created for her high school book reports, art was a way to set herself apart.

Myrna majored in art in high school, but didn’t go to art school until she was in her 40s. She came to the Boston area more than 20 years ago to be closer to her daughter and quickly joined every art association she could find. Her specialty became "older women in bathing suits" and she set up her easel in a gift shop in downtown Milton. Needless to say, she attracted a crowd and sold many of her paintings. She also taught art for 15 years as a part of the Milton High School adult education program.

Myrna began her relationship with Simon C. Fireman Community as an art teacher. When she moved in two years ago, she became the "resident artist" and today provides both classes and individual instruction. "I get great satisfaction," says Myrna, "in helping people to develop a new talent. There are people who live here who never thought they could paint…and now look at them!"