I was born in Azores, Portugal in 1964 to a military family. Began drawing as soon as I could walk. Grew up in Panama City Beach,Florida on the beach with alot of natural inspiration. Recieved my B.S. in Studio Art and Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Discovered Art Education and recieved my M.S. in Elementary Education in 1998. I now teach art in the school system and produce personal work consistantly. My work is very emotional and vibrant. I live with my 14yr old daughter and a menagerie of animals in Florida. Art is what gives me air to breath. Peace.