My first life was as an International Flight Attendant, where I flew all over the world for 23 years. To help with the perpetual jet lag of my hectic lifestyle, I took my first calligraphy class in 1978, thinking I would learn how to "write pretty." (BTW as with most people, my personal handwriting is still done in a hurry.) After that first class my thirst was only piqued, and I threw myself into classes in brush lettering, bookmaking, paste paper, watercolor, color theory, stone carving, and fabric painting. This culminated into a certificate from U.C. Berkeley in graphic design. Little did I know that calligraphy would become my entrance into the world of art. My life took a turn in 1992, when what turned out to be my last working flight crashed with a full load of 300 passengers and crew. (For the full story go to twaflight843.com) The aircraft was quickly engulfed in flames. It occurred to me that my universe was telling me it was time to move onto something new. This was my opportunity to re-evaluate where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do for the next chapter of my life.Pondering my personal goals, I knew it took courage to pursue the most difficult of visions. Courage, Journeys and Listening to one's inner voice are recurring themes in my work. I work intuitively, in acrylic on canvas, and when I interpret the text — albeit illegible at times — it may become just a texture (AKA Jazz Writing) in the composition. This is where modern calligraphy differs from ancient scribes. The Biblical manuscripts required the monks to be slaves to the text. My paintings are typical of what is called “modern expressive calligraphy.”Perfect lettering is not my goal. I use calligraphy in my art in the hope of evoking an emotional and cerebral response. Presently, I am painting abstractly and incorporating lettering, color, shape and form that excite the eye and elicit personal spiritual truths.