I was born and bred in Long Beach, California, but I have lived most of my adult life in New Zealand and Australia. I have a Doctorate in Education from Griffith University, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Albany. Additionally, I have taught from high school to university levels in art/education in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. I am also an exhibiting fine artist.

I live north of Wellington, New Zealand, in a small beach community. I enjoy the ocean and walks around the bird sanctuary we have here. Some of my favourite things are picture books (of course), painting, poetry, and Mexican food. Ole.