I grew up during the heady space race years in Florida. Kidney shaped coffee tables, mustard yellow shag carpet, palm trees and gold flecked formica everything. Oh yeah. The neighborhood kids were normal, but playing with dolls was not my thing so I spent a lot of time alone. My imagination was my best friend. I spent countless hours exploring the swampy areas around our home, pretending to be a member of King Arthur's court, watching the sky for UFOs or talking with my friend, Mr. Needles, the pine tree. We lived near the coast so beach trips happened most weekends. The ocean was my first love. It was a magical time. In the middle of this childhood revelry my parents decided it was time to 'move back home'. We went from flat, wide open views, sand and salty air to the mountains and trees and lush hills of Virginia. This made my parents very happy. I, however, insisted I would get dry rot.
Onward - I majored in technical theatre but managed to get caught up in the copy industry. There were other interesting jobs along the way: floral design apprentice, fashion photographer, retail display, carny, REALTOR, film crew, plus a few more. I went back to school twice. Once for computer science and once for interior design. Through all that the one constant was my art. I began painting in oil at age 8 (began exhibiting around age 12); started sewing in my teens (thanks Mom!); launched my first company, GothicV Capewear, in my twenties; taught myself pyrography in my thirties; dabbled in web and graphic design in my forties. Along the way I became aware of monsters. Sweet, grumpy, scary, funny monsters! When the occasional lost or displaced monster crossed my path, I took him in and gave him a loving home. The more I took in, the more they seemed to find me. Then the boot of destiny connected with my posterior, and I lost my job. I realized it was time to finally do what I love - RESCUE MONSTERS. And that, dear friends, is how I ended up here!
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