About The Artist
"I was born in N.Y. and raised in Los Angeles. Punk rock hit the L.A. scene in 1978. At age 14, I moved out of my parents’ home. While going to school, I worked at a bakery, a shoe store, and waitressed at a retirement home to pay rent on a guest house. I fronted a punk rock band in my basement. The band had great exposure and local successes. Because of my age, I was never allowed into the clubs to "hang out"– only to perform. The group lasted roughly two years for me. I was preyed on by the keyboard player; he was 29 years old. I found the same situation occurred in each group I worked with. By 1987, I abandoned my band (ironically named “Abandoned”), left Los Angeles, and headed to Seattle for a brainwashing. I met poets who wrote music – incredible storytellers. It was a journey into darkness, light, and many unknowns. The road from Seattle back to Cali was a difficult, desperate, lonely time. Hilariously, I gave up the music industry, and went into theatre. I had a great run of co-starring roles in projects; one play matinee-d every weekend for over two years in 1993. This wasn’t the answer. I was 30 years old, horribly drug-addicted, penniless, and contemplating homelessness. I could no longer see loneliness as a place of safety. Starvation could no longer lead me to sanity. I realized that a lack of spirituality wasn’t the way to being humbled, kind, and human. It’s been years since I’ve looked at the girl I once was. I currently live on The Mesa in Santa Barbara, CA. I have a relentless drive for social advocacy – it only takes a second to choose kindness. I strive to advocate for anti-racist, educational conversations, anti-domestic violence resources for women, and social acceptance. With my artist community, I engage in collaborative efforts to help each other cultivate a positive, safe, and loving platform for all."