• Story is my life from my early years fishing and haunting the gold museums in my Colorado, to backwoods travel in Alaska, and then nesting in the richness of diversity in the Bay Area of California. I know story through art, teaching, writing, and now by verbal telling is important to craft the excellent story. 

    As I like to say: my second ‘Bachelor’ “how to compost, write, and illustrate the ‘best’ original story,” I earned through SCBWI.

    As I like to say: my ‘Master’ “how to tell a story,” I acquired from the Storytelling Program at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.

    As I like to say, my ‘Doctorate’, “where stories originated”, I earned from studies at the Asia Art Museum in San Francisco.

    As the Regional Adviser SCBW(I) for all of the Northern CA from 1985 to 1990, I started their first newsletter, ‘galleys’, first Asilomar Conferences, plus planning and organizing meetings, and setting up critique groups.

    Now I like to say: I have a ‘post-doctorate’ degree in e-publishing, AS
    IS Productions for BobbieTales. This process involves cover design, formatting,
    marketing, social media and time.

    Universities and Colleges I’ve attended: University of Domicaina for storytelling, Meritt College for gardening; Vista College and Laney College for creative writing; California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco State, University of Alaska for art and child psychology. My Bachelor’s degree earned from Colorado University at Boulder, BS in Education with minor in Art, 1965.

    “Older and wiser” is my motto.


  •    In the mountains of Colorado, as a child, I sketched and told stories about animals. In sixth grade I had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, where the activities included; tempera painting, chalk, clay building, watercolors, and papier-mache. I was in heaven and convinced that art was my life. From that time, I drew people, faeries, cats, rabbits, and dogs, who traveled on adventures. I still have the illustrations and stories dating back to these formative years.

    At the University of Colorado in Boulder, I studied elementary education and fine arts. In the summer of my senior year (1965), I had the pleasure of attending a course on children’s literature and drew my first picture book, SAMMY’S FACES.

    While attending the College of Oakland Arts and Crafts, I saw a SCBW(I)’s ad for a writer’s conference in Los Angeles; that was in 1982. This conference was an opening into the world of writing and illustrating books for children; again I was in heaven.

    Since that time, I have created many books and displayed in various art shows my illustrations.

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