George Keener from Walnut Creek, a decendent of the Keeners of Highlands and Goldmine, was --what he called with a twinkle in his eye-- a "shade tree mechanic" for forth years, rebuilding automatic transmissions, but his first love was painting. He took his first art course in his late thirties. Prior to that, he clamed he did pin-ups. Not from models, he said; "I just made 'em up. You can make 'em up like you want 'em. After I got married to [Dottie Owens] I had to do horses."