I was born in 1951 in San Francisco,
California, the daughter of a German war bride and an
American soldier. My family relocated to Germany in
1956, then back to the States again in 1960. Both sides
of my family were littered with prolific painters and
writers. Despite this, my parents dissuaded me from
pursuing a career in the Arts.
My first opportunity to explore and
share my talents came in 1973 when I entered the Army.
As a one ‘man’ staff I wrote, edited and
laid up a brigade level newspaper. I learned the basics
of photography and found ways to incorporate my artwork
on the printed page. My artistic talents were drawn
upon to paint murals for brigade Headquarters and framed
art for visiting dignitaries. After the military art
and writing were set aside again while I raised my sons,
Michael and Theodore.
Years later (1985- 1986) I attended
and graduated from the Philadelphia School of Printing
and Advertising with a major in Advertising Art. Still
financially unable to focus on art as a career, I used
my training to work as a graphic artist the Tampa Tribune
until 1990, when I graduated the University of South
Florida with a Masters in Social Work. As a Clinical
Social Worker, art became a means of exploring my clients’
emotions and personality, and decorative painting my
Since my early retirement in 2001
I have enjoyed focusing on art and writing almost exclusively.
The only other activity that draws time away from the
canvas or page is my commitment to the United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary. I have never felt more fulfilled.
Through these pages I hope to share my art and my vision