In my writing and painting I'm drawn for the most part to nature and animals for inspiring subject matter. I find I prefer good metaphors in my writing and suggestions or impressions in my art over tightly defining everything. I love it when people are entertained and inspired by my work.
I have a rich and varied background in formal education, having taught grades K-college, creating a private elementary school in Virginia and serving as its principal for six years before joining the professionals at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for a fulfilling second career in wildlife conservation.
I earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Richmond, Virgina, a masters degree in science education from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in organization and human resource development from Colorado State University, but, as Mark Twain so aptly put it, I swear I never let all that education interfere with my learning along the way.
I enjoyed a long career in wildlife consrvation, receiving numerous national awards. My greatest professional achievement was creating the prestigious Naional Conservation Leadership Institute in 2004, and serving as its Executive Director until 2014. I learned an important principle during that time, "If you're not standing in your purpose, you're standing in someone else's." It was that principle I took to heart after I retired and began to write and paint "like a crazy lady."
I'm a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and an active, exhibiting member of the highly regarded Bon Air Artists Association.
"Besides my children and grandchildren, nothing in my life has fulfilled me as much as painting and writing-- it's given new meaning to the term 'soul food."