As life takes many twists and turns and I like to wear many hats, I have opened myself up to new adventures. I was an art major in college. After college I became a Real Estate Broker. In 1998 I had the desire to go back to my art roots and draw my dogs, Salukis. My animal art evolved into a small cottage business. In 2010 my friend, a fellow writer told me I know so much about dogs that I should write about them. That same year I started my pet column, West LA Pets for Examiner.com. Writing about dogs includes discovering pet-friendly hotels and places to travel with pets.
Being I have done extensive traveling and having collected wines since the 1980’s, it was only natural that I spread my wings by writing about wineries that are dog friendly or where dogs play a major role in the winery itself. Less than six months after beginning my pet column, I expanded and started a food, wine, art and travel column, LA Epicurean Travel. It was during my first trip to Solvang as a writer that the doors opened for me. On that trip, by chance I met the head of tourism for Solvang, CA and one of the directors of the Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance. As I am a little networker, the opportunities quickly came my way as I established a list of PR contacts and was invited to events and media tours.
In 2013, I found I needed a separate column to concentrate on the wines and wine tastings I now review. That column, Brentwood Glen Wine speaks for itself.
My Epicurean column focuses primarily on wines, therefore the majority of my travel articles are related to wine regions. My art background plays an important role in my writing as I utilize the palette both visually and verbally in many of my articles. As a person with food allergies while writing restaurant reviews, I like to explore and find those chefs that think outside the box and are willing to make accommodations for those with dietary restrictions.
My writing epitomizes “write what I know” and I share my experiences and joy with my topics in a passionate, candid, caring and entertaining way. Like my art where I am looking beyond the eyes to find an animal’s inner soul and spirit, I am looking for the story that is behind the restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker, artist or animal.