It was always visual for me.

As a girl, I was lucky to be a military brat. I soaked up bright colors and green mountains in Venezuela; white sand and blue water in Florida; hot skies and plains in Texas....and on and on….

Crazy-clever art professors at Pensacola College and University of Houston led me to a BFA degree in painting and lithography. I later took ceramics, drawing and painting classes at Houston Museum's Glassell School.

After college, I saved money from waitress, catering and bar-tending gigs and traveled solo on a 6 month Europe trip to see THE MUSEUMS. On my return, I lucked into a few jobs in Houston airline ticketing offices. I hopped on as many free flights as I could -- to Paris, Vienna, New York, Jerusalem, Italy, Jordan and Kuwait.

One of my last free trips was to a funky little place called Portland. It was cool, lush and green. I packed up my Texas husband and two dogs and here we are.

After years in a crazy job planning big Portland weddings and events, I burned out and reinvented myself.

I started sewing leather. I started networking: I met saddle makers and shoe makers and leather store managers who all generously shared their tips. My head exploded with creative possibilities.

After ten years, I am still energized by designing fine leather bags and accessories - merging color, shape and fashion.