I was born in Los Angeles. A few years later, my family moved to San Diego, where I lived until age 7, at which time we moved to Hixson, Tennessee for 5 years. Then onto Colorado for a year and in 1972 we landed in Santa Cruz, where my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins lived and which I had visited many times as a child. I've been in the Santa Cruz area, off and on, ever since.
I graduated from San Jose State University in 1982 with a BFA in painting. I started out in the graphic design program, but my last year there I switched to fine art, as that was where my passion and true interest lay. After graduating, I worked as a graphic artist for many years, in San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Cupertino. I was also involved in the antique/vintage business, buying and selling old things, and was part of an antique/gift shop in downtown Santa Cruz.