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I was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia. As a child, with little money growing up, I rarely had the opportunity to participate in artistic endeavors. Although I was unaware of the opportunities art could bring to me, I was very aware of a serious passion I had for pencils. My pre-teen years were consumed with getting pencils. I loved to draw with pencils. Each new pencil was like a new and fresh idea. I would check out the smoothness it made across paper. (I detested bumpy pencil lead!). I would eagerly examine it from eraser to pencil point. For each new pencil, I would try to draw something new and different. As a child, I paralleled new pencils with new inspiration. It was as if using an old pencil meant I would get an old creation. (I did not like the idea of being boxed into one idea or one way of doing things). As an adult, I create through my life experiences. Today, my “new pencils” are human beings, for they are my inspiration. I love connection. My passion is sharing..