|Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, I enjoyed everything
that unique city has to offer, including the much publicized Mardi Gras which is an event
all New Orleanians prepare for many months in advance, as well as the cuisine which rates
the finest in the world.
I was one of four
children raised by Protestant parents. My father, a convert from Catholicism, was a
fully licensed and ordained Baptist minister. He served the Lord until his death at
94 Years old. My mother was a Methodist at the time of their marriage and became a
Baptist, thus unifying our family during my childhood. Churchgoing was several times a
week without fail, and the sick were personally called upon, with all funerals faithfully
I attended Xavier University, a Catholic university
in New Orleans, Louisiana where I majored in journalism and Liberal Arts. I left New
Orleans and came to Los Angeles to pursue my writing, becoming an Associate Editor of a
trade fashion magazine, The California Girl, where I wrote feature articles, did page
layouts, and generally "put the magazine to bed".
I later became a professional artist specializing in
portraiture. My impressionistic abstracts, especially the clowns won popular
approval and came to the attention of a local Beverly Hills newspaper who did a feature
story on my artwork. I also did many portraits of Elvis Presley and Tom Jones as
well as those for the general public.