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Visual mysteries abound in the workings of authorís mind, especially when the author is also an artist.

Background Information

 I relocated from Southern California where I was an artist and teacher, to Florence, OR.

After writing a number of children’s books that I used to teach beginning reading, and then taking a class “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”, I emerged with an adult novel in my head and began writing.


As an award-winning artist in Florence Oregon, I appreciate being a growing fish in a small pond.


"An Unexpected Gift" is my latest novel and “Thornton House” is my first published novel. My novels and my mini books, “Pocket Poems”, at Backstreet Gallery in Florence, OR.


I have written articles and feature stories for the Siuslaw News, a local Florence newspaper and for Relay For Life.


My illustrations have been used in books, on book covers and I show my fine art paintings and sculptures at Backstreet Gallery. My art pieces are executed in a variety of media-- photography, bas relief paper painting, sculptures, acrylics, oils watercolors, pencil on canvas, miniatures, and colored pencil. I also create a line of jewelry, Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. My portraits are available on commission.


I was the managing editor for Carapace Scrawler - a book of short stories and poetry written by Florence authors. I designed the logo and am a committee member on the board that presents the annual Florence Festival of books.


A ray of sunshine, a drop of rain, a rainbow, wild horses, egrets, interesting buildings, unusual characters, or a child’s smile are but a few inspirations that motivate my artistry in photography, painting, drawings, composing or writing.


With His guidance, as an artist and writer I will be inspired by the beauty around me to create visual images through my art and literary images through my writing, as I share my work, love, and assistance to those in need.

Birth Place
Glendale, CA USA

Graduate of University of California at Los Angeles with a BA in the Arts and a Teaching Credential. Multiple news articles and features, Awards in Celebrate ArtsCelebrate Arts, People's choice award at Siuslaw LIbrary and Backstreet Gallery.

Additional Information

I have edited several books and also done illustrations and book cover designs.

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Florence Artists
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Backstreet Gallery
Backstreet Co-operative Gallery

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