I was born into poverty, illiteracy, violence, and child abuse. Having experienced many forms of discrimination, surviving child abuse, and many challenges in this “School of Life,” I feel a strong sense of duty and responsibility to be well and healthy for me, my family, loyal friends, and people in my immediate “Circle of Life.”
My mother is one of my daily reminders of the need to stay healthy. She is battling Alzheimer's, Dementia, Type 1 Diabetes, and Aging. She is one of my inspirations who keeps me grounded and reality-based. My husband is one of my heroes, inspirations, supporters, and believers. My children and my grandson are “My Power Packs” because they help keep me stay focused and reality-based. They are my constant reminders of what matters most – Family First.
I am choosing photography as my communication tool to raise the level of Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual, Physical awareness and wellness. My near-death biking accident in December 2012 led me to believe I have more important tasks/purposes/missions assigned to me in this lifetime I am yet to learn and carry-out to the best of my abilities.
I hope to continue to inspire, empower and validate people like me through my photography. I hope it will spark the viewer’s internal power to "Live at Present Time with Clarity-Attention-Focus." I choose to see, capture, and share what is Good and Positive.
I am technically trained through Palomar College and California State University San Marcos. My business, education, and technical experiences enable me to blend photojournalism and artistic visual/written works.
I am a life-long learner. I earned an Associate in Arts Information Systems, AS Computer Network Administration-Microsoft Emphasis, AA Photography, and AS Digital Imaging at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA. I am a Student Database Administrator, Student Information Systems & Education Data Analyst retiree from a California school district.
I will be pursuing a BA in Arts-Media-Design at California State University San Marcos, Fall 2023 with intentions to continue graduate studies (MA/MFA).
Living at Present Time with Clarity-Attention-Focus (CAF).