Started drawing continuously from the age of 10. Was given private art lessons from the age of 15-19 until my dear mentor's (Linda Collier) death from lung cancer. During junior and senior high school, took as many classes relating to art as the public school system would allow me. After 22 years in the aerospace industry, I started up barbcards Illustrations in 1992; a graphic arts/illustration business. Have illustrated six children's books. Started painting in 1998 in acrylics and just in the last two years, took up oils.