I grew up in a multi-ethnic community in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. I moved to the multi-cultural city of Miami after high school.
I wrote poetry while in high school and drew illustrations. After moving to Miami, I began writing more poetry and reading while studying great poets, writers, and artists. Reading became a way to dream and to escape. Writing became a way to express myself. Art enhanced my perspective on life.
I love to travel. I kept a travelogue and started photo-journals from all the places I visited. Learning about culture, literature, and art abroad gave me a greater appreciation and understanding of the world.
All the ideas of producing my craft came to fruition a few years ago when I decided to blog. I have been writing ever since. I decided after taking a course in Flash Fiction, which is a fancy way of saying very short stories, that I would write in this style format.
I have been influenced by the following writers: Walt Whitman, Jim Morrison, William Least-Heat Moon, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Donald Goines, J.D. Salinger, James Baldwin, August Wilson, and Marshall Boyd.
Illustrations: I have been drawing and painting since I was very young. Initially, I began to add illustrations as a marketing tool. After one year of posting my flash fiction on my website, these drawings gained popularity.
These are the artist that have made an impact on my illustrations: Keith Haring, Charley Harper, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Dorothy Bailey Stancato, my mother ( I saved the best for last).
My motto is: Stay local and write from my experiences.