Ellie and Me

Born in Southern California and raised in the Silicon Valley of Northern California, I spent the first ten years of my working career at a company called Saga Corporation. I started as an administrative assistant and worked my way up to Manager of Corporate Communication. There I met and married my husband, Paul, and, when Saga was bought by Marriott Corporation in 1983 and my job was eliminated, I enrolled in a Graphic Design program through U.C. Santa Cruz.

Ten years later, we sold just about everything we owned, climbed aboard our 27' Pacific Seacraft yacht with our black cat, BC, and sailed out under San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge. We hung a left and headed toward Mexico, exploring the coastal communities of that country as far south as Mazatlan. When we returned to the U.S. a year later, we put the boat in storage and traveled in a 28' Class C motorhome, temporarily landing in Newtown, Connecticut, to housesit for family, and then putting down roots in San Antonio, Texas. From several job offers, I chose a small design firm over a large advertising agency, which gave me the opportunity to not only hone my design skills, but to learn the technical and financial side of a graphic design business, as well. We moved to Arizona in 2000 and since then I have operated my own design firm, garnishing national awards for bringing my clients' visions to light.

Now it's my turn to do something for myself. As a dear friend said to me recently, I've opened a window and I'm standing on the edge of the sill, ready to take flight. Join me as I stretch my wings and fly in a new direction, photographing, creating art and writing about the birds I've found and the places we've been. Check back often - I'm always adding new images. It is an obsession, remember?