What do you do when you realize that what you have been doing for the last 25 years is NOT what you want to do for the next 25 years? Make a change, of course. Midlife transitions can be scary, but they are also exciting and liberating. Itís an opportunity to finally figure out what you want to be when you ďgrow up,Ē and go for itÖthis time with a little more sense, a few more resources, and a wealth of experience.
My career experience is primarily in financial services customer services, and my formal education is in English education. Iíve decided to build on that foundation and turn my focus toward art and writing. My desire is to network with others who are also experiencing a transition from their first career to one in the arts, and to share resources for doing that successfully.
As an artist, I'm self-taught and have spent the last few years experimenting with digital art, photo-manipulation, and collage techniques. Most of my figures are created using 3D images in the virtual world Second Life which are then digitally manipulated in Gimp. Some of my favorite inspirational artists are Wassily Kandinsky, Charley Harper, Loui Jover, and Minjae Lee.
As a writer, I have been researching and writing academically since 1983 and for the web since 2002. My specialties are blogging, Internet research, deep web search, reputation management, career transitions, financial services, fact-checking, competitor and opposition research, and content writing.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in in Tahlequah, OK in 1990. Later, I attended the University of Phoenix Online where I earned a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in 2004, specializing in Adult Education and Distance Learning.
When Iím not drawing or writing, Iím cold-brewing coffee, learning about natural medicine, and planning to upcycle garage sale items.††