When I was born, there were three things blind girls were trained to do. If you had a good ear, you could be a piano tuner. If you had a good ear and the talent, you could be a musician. Otherwise, you were trained as a medical transcriptionist.
My mother's insistence on all the elements of Perfect Practice, and her unshakable belief that I could develop visual function, contributed greatly to my accomplishments.
Areas of Expertise
I hold a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington. For fifteen years I have worked as a science fair mentor and mathematics content specialist. My dissertation concerns the mystery of why some viable seeds don't sprout, even though they've been planted in excellent conditions.
I began art training in eighth grade with blind contour drawing and abstract design. After my eye surgery, I began taking photographs in order to make sense of the visual world. I had my first solo show in 2005. I now make greeting cards, prints, CD covers and CD labels.
I hold a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical guitar. For 30 years, I have worked as a guitarist, harper, singer, songwriter, and teaching producer. I have released seven recordings, six of which are now available.