I was born in Ireland and grew up on in the sticks on the East Coast. I attended Fordham University in the Bronx and was the Editor of the literary magazine, "The Monthly." I graduated with an English degree in 1985 and moved out to the West Coast with $300 in my pocket. I worked odd jobs until I got accepted into Hastings College of the Law and receiving a JD in 1991. After working in law for a couple of years, I began my career as a Batik artist which continues to the present.