I was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1947. When I was six my family moved to Havana, Cuba and a year later to the Republic of Panama.
As long as I can remember I have wanted to be an artist. My favorite photograph of myself was taken when I was about 3 years old – hard at work at an easel – my tongue sticking out – which is what I still do to this day when I am concentrating.
In elementary school my best friend and I would sit under a shady mango tree and draw during recess and lunch break – we both wanted to be artists when we grew up.
I majored in art at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida – but didn’t stay until graduation – I became very ill with toxoplasmosis during my sophomore year and had to go home. When I recovered, I realized that I didn’t want to go back to Rollins – what I wanted was to go to art school – where there was art all day – every day – no Humanities, no History, no Math, no English!
After a bit of research I decided on England – it was the swinging 60’s and it seemed like a great place to be 19 and in art school. I went to the British Embassy and got the addresses of all of England’s major art schools. I sent off my cover letter and my portfolio of photos and waited. I was accepted into 3 schools. I got out the atlas and chose the one closest to London. Sutton and Cheam College of Art, Sutton, Surrey, England – that was the one – only 15 minutes from London!
I boarded the Northern Star in the Panama Canal and off I went – age 19 – to art school in England! It was a fantastic experience – in the two year Foundation Course we did some of everything – in depth – with drawing everyday in some form or another. 8 hours a day – 5 days a week and so much homework there was hardly time for anything else – it was heaven!
I finished the Foundation Course and was headed for 3 more years of study but – while returning from Panama after Christmas vacation – I met a wonderful Englishman on the New York to London flight out of JFK. It was love at first sight and we married and moved to Australia.
After 6 years and two children we moved back to Panama in 1975. This is 2008 – so much has happened since then I could write a book – but that is another story!
Actually a book has been written – by my brother Kurt – “Six Minutes to Freedom.”
After many years of working in all sorts of media I finally realized I couldn’t possibly do it all – so I decided to focus on what I liked best. I still consider myself a printmaker and graphic artist – but now I am making digital prints from photographs. See my work on pbase in my Digital Muse Gallery. For more information on my digital art see “About my Art.”
I also quilt, sew and make jewelry. Art is my passion and my therapy – I have to do it!