I was born in the city of St. Louis at St, Mary Hospital, raised in Kinloch and moved to Robertson, MO at the age of five years old. I graduated from Fairmont Elementary in Robertson, MO and was bussed to four different high schools before bussing became a political issue. I graduated from Berkeley Senior High.
While I attended Sherwood Forest Camp (United Way) during my junior high years we had guest artist as part of Arts and Crafts Day. There was a field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. I remember being intrigued by both activities. I saw the works of Gordon Parks photos and wanted to replicate what I saw. I also wanted to draw or paint what I saw. Couldn't do any of those so the camera was my choice.
Of course this was the late 50s and early 60s and my life’s choices did not include leaving home and becoming a female Gordon Parks. I did manage to have a camera around and continued to take pictures of any and everything.
I began working at Barnes Hospital as a nurse assistant and moved to St. Johns’ Mercy and became a Central Service Technician. Later I obtained certification as an educator and manager through Purdue University.
I became the instructor for the Central Service Course at Forest Park Community College and developed programs to help bolster the education of Central Service Technicians and began speaking at regional and international Central Service Conferences.
During that time I took several Photography classes at University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL).
I bought a better quality 35mm camera and started practicing the art of photography and bought a home with a basement where I planned to setup a dark room. Once again life choices were out of my control: with the development of digital photography I had to adjust and give up the darkroom idea.
I did find time to write my Professional Autobiography, "Negotiating the Changes."
After I moved to Seattle, WA to manage the Central Sterile Processing Department at Swedish Medical Center I discovered an Art Gallery ("Art/Not Terminal") looking for an amateur artist to exhibit their art. I exhibited at t his gallery while in Seattle. After seven years, I retired from Swedish Medical Center, and remained in Seattle and where I began interim education and management in Central Sterile Processing departments across the country. And I continued to take photographs in every city on my assignments.
After nineteen years in Seattle, I moved back to St. Louis County and discovered the Good Shepherd Arts Center with a similar mission. Their brick and mortar gallery has been lost due to the restrictions of the COVID -19 Pandemic and like all of us they have become innovative and are now allowing artist like me to exhibit online.