When I was just a small child, my grand mother gave me a needle with some bright colors of thread and taught me how to do simple embroidery. My mother who used to do the most beautiful intricate crochet work also taught me the beginning stitches of crochet and I got my first sewing machine the Christmas I was five years old. My grandmother would take me across the creek, in the summer to an old dumping site that hadn’t been used in many years to search for what we called treasure. Bit’s and pieces of pottery, old metal pieces, old bottles were among the many treasures we would find there. She taught me to look at what something could be as apposed to simply what it was. That is where my art career started. That gift has come in handy through out my years as a mixed media artist, scenic artist and prop master, winning many awards and scholarships in the process.