Nashville, TN is where I was born, raised, and educated through grade twelve.
My first college years exemplify a sketchy past of attending various universities until I finally received my BFA at East Tennessee State University. I transferred there to major in photography. While in Johnson City, TN, I took a hiatus from college to work as a newspaper photographer for the Johnson City Press, followed by a stint as a news photographer at WKPT TV in Kingsport, TN.
News work behind me and the completion of a college degree, one many thought I'd never complete, I returned to Nashville to join my father's business, a photographic retail supply store (that began as a pharmacy decades before). Nine years of that was followed by nine years as a professional speaker and freelance writer---I'll spare you the details on that transition.
While in retail I married Alan and had a son, Justin; while speaking, the three of us moved to the country in Macon County, TN. Country life supplied me with much speaking material, but the traveling accompanying it did little for stability.
Enter another phase: Teaching
I hopped the state line to teach art at Allen County-Scottsville High School in Scottsville, KY and received my Master's Degree in Art Education at Western Kentucky University. I was at the high school for 16 years, retiring, as some people called it, in June 2008. During the last 7 or so years while there, I became an adjunct for Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN, teaching Art Appreciation. After leaving the high school, teaching an Intro Ceramics course was added. I taught there through 2011.
Now, my time is split between working in the studio, participating in arts and crafts festivals, and a few exhibits.