I was blessed to grow up on a big farm in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. There is little doubt my passions for nature and beauty were cultivated in this idyllic setting. I spent many a summers day riding bareback on my Pinto pony as we explored the welcome shade of the woods, the rolling hills, the cool running streams and all of nature’s amazing creatures and wildlife.
My parents were both dedicated environmentalists. My father kept trash bags in the car, and often put us to work picking up beer cans and soda bottles along the dirt road to our farm. My mother began recycling long before the term recycle became a household name and a popular trend. We had gardens to grow our food, chickens for our eggs and cows to milk. Our farm has won many environmental awards over the years, and in 201o the farm was the regional winner of the Environmental Stewardship Award and a finalist for the national award. You can get a taste of Cleremont Farm on our Facebook Page.
I escaped from a girls boarding school, and ventured off to an international school in Switzerland. Thus began my addiction to travel. I savor my many travel adventures like a good wine. The gift of travel not only expanded my understanding of the world, but filled me with a deep appreciation for the diversity of beauty I discovered both on the planet and in the hearts of people. I would have stayed in Europe for college had I not breached my parent’s trust in me; I disappeared into the depths of Morocco with a friend over spring break after lying to them I was going elsewhere.
I attended the University of Virginia with the intent to major in Environmental Science, but ended up with an Art degree instead. I flunked calculus three times which was a required course I had to have. I married young, began to paint daily and became a mother. Joshua, 38, works on our Virginia farm where he lives with his wife, Megan, and their new daughter, Indigo Eve. James, 36, lives in Miami and works in the highly creative App biz. Being a mom was my all time favorite job.
In 1996, I followed my bliss to live in the high desert of New Mexico, the land of enchantment. It was here I deepened my love for painting, ran my own art gallery, wrote my first book, explored diverse spiritual paths and developed keen passions for biodynamic gardening and sustainable energy and living. Santa Fe was home for sixteen years.
I left this enchanted land in 2012 for a new life in the tropics. After two years in Miami, I now reside in a beach house, north of Vero Beach, Florida, nestled in a jungle setting with a short walk to the beach and the sea. The tropical life agrees with me. My yard is planted with edibles: mango, banana, avocado, guava, papaya and pomegranate. My greenhouse overflows with orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and an assortment of veggies. Pica, a feral cat that came with me from Miami, stays close to home after several wounding encounters with the local bobcats. My son, Joshua, is a two hour flight to the north, and my son, James, is a two hour drive to the south. I am soaking up the moisture after all those dry years in the desert. More paintings, more books, more travels and more passions are inevitable.
While the times are uncertain, the crossroad of change, and potential chaos is unquestionably here. It brings the opportunity for us to go deeper within to find the light of our courage, and shine it brightly into the world to dispel the darkness which has reigned for too long. We are the ones we have been waiting for, and the co-creators who must begin to walk with the Earth before it is too late. Our return to living in harmony with nature and our vibrational alignment with the truth and knowledge of the natural laws that govern all life is essential.