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 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. I established a list of PR contacts and was invited to events and media tours. The list continues to grow.
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 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.
While I write for Dogster, FWT and other publications, today my blog is my primary venue for my articles.
In 2014 I earned my WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. In 2015 I won a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America for an article about a winery dog. Also in 2015 I received the NASA American Wine Specialist Certification.
I am a member of the following associations:
IFWTWA, International Food Wine Travel Writers Association
NASA, North American Sommelier Association
DWAA, Dog Writers of American Association
CWA, Cat Writers Association