I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but was born in Alaska, lived in Michigan, Key West, Miami, California, and Nashville (five times). I went to Vanderbilt University for two years as a pre-med student and then switched schools to the School of Communications at the University of Miami where I got my BFA in filmmaking and photojournalism.
After working in the film industry for several years, I got married, had a son and moved back to Nashville where there was no film industry, so I took up painting. I have been teaching painting and drawing for the past 22 years. In 2010, I went back to school at UCLA and got a paralegal certificate. I currently teach at Studio Works in downtown Dubuque and work freelance jobs as a ghostwriter, videographer shooting journalistic shorts, and portrait photographer.
My hobbies are tennis, and I play piano. I am also an avid gardener and am working to earn my Master Gardener certificate. I am an active member of the Plein Air Painters of Dubuque (PPODs), the Dubuque Tennis Association and Oil Painters of America.
BFA in Communications from the University of Miami, and paralegal certificate from UCLA
The effects of caffeine on headaches and epilepsy
Hundreds of articles for the Dyersville Commercial/Cascade Pioneer/Manchester Press, published author of short stories, and ghostwriter for a memoir called, “Portrayed Crazy”, by Kate Klaver (amazon.com)
I have traveled to Russia, China, Europe, Mexico, Haiti and the Virgin Islands gaining a variety in intercultural experience.I have lived in Miami and Southern California where there are huge Hispanic populations. I also grew up in Alabama during the 1960s when the Civil Rights movement was in full bloom. During forced integration, I witnessed unspeakable violence as the races clashed and it left the indelible impression on me that racism rots society to the core, that it is something to be feared, that it must be eliminated.