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Although I was born at the now defunct French Hospital in New Orleans, I was actually raised in New York City. My childhood was a dichotomy, ranging from an Archie Bunker home environment to lavish dinners with my Grandfather at The Stork Club and 21. My father was born and brought up British, my mom a native New Yorker. They shared an amazing sense of style, but not much else. He had a display company, and made beautiful signs and window dressings for a variety of retail establishments, while my mother was a former stylist and sometime model for a wild and wacky photographer in the Village.
At the age of nine, I saw the movie Funny Face at Radio City Music Hall and my future was decided. I majored in Fashion Illustration/ Communication Arts at Texas A & M, Commerce, and went directly into the retail advertising business upon graduation. Eventually I became a Creative Director, and worked for, among others, Macy’s San Francisco, Saks Department Stores, and AGA Design, New York. It was a fabulous world of fashion photography, graphic design, travel and the best creative colleagues imaginable. At 60, I changed careers and became the Communications Director for a state School of Fine Arts. I retired ten years later. This year I opened the Schoolhouse Art Studio, which began as a personal painting space, but has morphed into occasional, small classes in collage, jewelry and art card creation.
I have been told most of my life that I should write a book about my experiences. With this in mind, I attended a series of classes on Creative Non Fiction Writing. It is here from which my stories evolved. And thus, my book "Funny Face" became a reality.
I am married to Jim Davis, a former television art director and investment banker, who is also retired and ferociously fighting progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He is an inspiration and my biggest fan. And, of course, I am his. We were rescued several years ago by a small doodle dog named Dylan, and live in a condominium in a Southern historic neighborhood.
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