When asked “What do you do?” the short answer is “I’m an artist who writes, and a writer who arts.”
If you’re inclined to know more, I’ll explain how I think about ordinary things and then express what I think by writing or painting. How I’ve found a commitment to a creative practice life changing. How it took a liver transplant in 2014 to wake up and live a sober life.
I’ve discovered the examined life is one worth living. That you can choose your own scar which means healing is possible. And most important: You are never too old and it’s never too late. Begin where you are.
In my past, I have been a small business owner, graphic designer, software training instructor, general contractor, Apple & IBM computer salesperson, legal secretary, workshop leader, transcriptionist, campground owner, and one summer, a laundry wench.
I have an affinity for trees and rocks. When the moon is full my granddaughter and I walk. The Artist’s Way is my way. I find great solace near water and in the woods.
My writing has appeared in various online and print publications, most recent in Kerning, a literary magazine and in the Stories of Hope Collection in Transplant Living. My artwork has appeared and sold through Grayson Gallery. I blog regularly about the creative life and create in Studio BE overlooking the Ohio River.
I’m a member of West Virginia Writers and KYOWA Writers Association.
My work in progress is a memoir about the secret life of objects.