I happily live in the wondrous mountains of southern West Virginia with my musician husband Bob, our Doberman Ida, toy Poodle Rosie, a flock of egg laying hens, bee hives and coming soon the addition of dairy goats to our little family farm. We are blessed with our own little plot of land where the creek runs through and the wildlife have taken up residence. Life is good.
I have an immense and sincere love for the Arts and Animals.
Animals play a strong role in my life. I am a lover of all but in particular have always had a special love and connection with dogs from early childhood. As most animal lovers, I had a desire to make animals a career in some way and was fortunate to become a dog groomer for the next 32 years. Striving to always give my best I was one of the first 700 hundred dog groomer in the United States to earn the title 'Certified Master Groomer'.
It was only natural that I would blend that love with with my other passions of photography and art . I have been photographing pets (and their people) for over thirty years.
I have always been a creative and and recognized that I had art ability, but recently discovered that I have been blessed with a gift of painting (dogs and other animals in particular). I get so much enjoyment and satisfaction from capturing a pet's personality and character on canvas. It truly brings me joy to create something that can make someone happy.... and I will be honest.... if it by chance brings a happy tear, even better, I know I have done my job well!
Music also has been present in most of my life. Though I have never mastered playing an instrument, the violin led me to the opportunity to become involved in the business side of the music world. For the last fourteen years I have worked with, managed, and toured the United States with some amazingly talented, professional musicians. I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of presenters, venues, and music industry professionals all across the country.