My childhood upbringing was in central Illinois. I seemed to gravitate towards art and music as a child. I began college coursework in music education. I eventually switched to art as a major. In 1992, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Visual Communications option. I'm a life-long learner. I have relentlessly followed my interests in both art and music (despite a sometimes 'not-so-steady' paycheck). This devotion has allowed me to explore half of the world via cruise ship travel as a shipboard musician. My efforts in studio art and graphic design has pushed me to continue learning new skill sets over the years, including digital photography and website design. I'm currently working as a courier driver, which has allowed me a steady income. . . while I continue to pursue my interests in art and music, and support my family.