"Garage sales are my summer job," says Divinia Jelen of Cottage Grove, who bought nail polish for four years before transforming the faded hood of her '88 Escort with a nail-polish mural depicting western Oregon. "The central figure is Mother Earth with a water goddess superimposed. Her legs become rivers full of fish." Jelen worked four hours a day from early September until mid-October on the painting. "It's my first work of art," she admits. "My artist friend Bedo drew the basic design on the hood." An avid garage-sale art collector, Jelen covers her walls with paintings. "I take pride in rescuing them," she says. "I use Feng Shui to arrange them." Self-reliant since a neglected childhood in the north woods of Wisconsin, Jelen split for California at 13, worked as a bookkeeper, a CPA, became a social activist and manager of the radical newspaper The Seed in Chicago ("the CIA confiscated our last paper") and of a food-co-op directory in Albuquerque ("a knock at the door: 'We want you to leave town'"). Since coming to Eugene in 1980, she was a founding member of the East Blair Co-op, got a BS in geography, worked in merchandising, then retired to Cottage Grove to favor her asthma.