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About Me

   This blog is about my musings on life- my struggles and growth in the literary and creative worlds, my travels-- my little rock house and all it's changes.

   I was raised in Southern California during the 60's and 70's. Swimming and biking and running around acreage and growing up in a big ranch house. The mountains, the desert and the beach were only an hour away in that time. Boogie boards in the Pacific ocean and climbing trees. Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland (back then, you knew you were close when the Matterhorn could be seen from the freeway.) I was lucky.

   I graduated with an AAS in Graphic Design from the local college and went on to Laguna Beach School of Art.  There, I earned my BS in Fine Art with a minor in Color Theory & Design while on scholarship, working in the library & gallery. I began doing murals, custom stenciling, signage, furniture and faux for interior designers and home owners. My company did decorative art regionally as well as state to state. Restaurants, model homes, private offices and residences were all in my contracted areas. I donated my work to hospitals, fund raisers and to elementary schools in the area. Working with children on murals  and teaching children, teens and adults in my home studio.

   I traveled, always going to where the work was and meeting my husband on the freeway on the way (He flirted first!) 27 years later, he is no longer in the USMC but still a Marine. He now designs and runs software for a private company with state contracts and still (thank goodness) chasing his wife around. Our two beautiful children are grown and our dogs are loved more than ever. My daughter Summer's farm cat, Diva, still meows from the loft in our ( new) little house. The dog hair still drives me crazy. I don't have a dishwasher and we are on a well (so PGE blackouts are giving us a taste of pioneering and a need for off the grid solutions.) But! there are hundred year old oak trees shading my studio and making a forest on our back hill- bugs I haven't learned the names of, deer, skunks, and a bit farther out of town, bears. Also, sky just beautiful sky as I watch the sunrises from my porch. 

        

                                       Thank you for visiting! Jana

Just a note-oak leaves stick to EVERYTHING! And- I wouldn't change it for the world.