I was born in sunny southern California, the second of six children. The full household was not an easy place to grow up in especially for a shy, sensitive little girl. Creativity was my outlet and my solace. I can't remember when I wasn't making something. I was 6 when I won my first art award and my writing gained the attention of the school principal to whom I was often sent to read my work. I never considered art a particular talent of mine, just something I had fun with, until early in High School when I was accidently enrolled in, not the beginning art class I had asked for, but an advanced life drawing class. Too shy to tell the teacher of the mistake, I stayed on and found I could not only accomplish the projects but really enjoyed them. It wasn't until my first year in college while taking another art class "for fun" that a persistent professor convinced me to change from a Writing degree to an Art degree. It was the second best decision I made in my younger years.