I was born in Oregon, raised in Arizona, and currently live in the high desert of Southern California. My father was a painter, but because of a large family and living through the depression, he didn't feel as if he could live out his dream to continue painting. His work was varied; landscape, figure, and still life. He constantly encouraged his children to take art classes. Our many trips to Mexico and visiting Orozco's personal home and studio in the 60's will never be forgotten. As a child, there was an emphasis on modern-free style watercolor painting at the Kachina Art School in Phoenix. Later, as a teenager, I studied drawing for three summers with a Dutch realist painter in downtown Phoenix. As a young adult, I was fortunate to have Merrill Mahaffey as a life drawing instructor at Phoenix College. He has been a wonderful influence on my work. After Phoenix College, I then attended ASU for another 4 years, where I received a degree in Studio Art. I am now taking up the brush again and have been painting and drawing steadily for the last two years. Who am I influenced by? There are so many: Orozco, Lyn Foulkes, Marlene Dumas, Picasso, O'Keefe, Marin - the list goes on and on. My art reflects me; daring, socially/politically conscious, expressive, symbolic, narrative, etc.