"I have had a passion for other species, the natural world, and art, since I was old enough to hold a crayon and sit on a horse. It was during those very early years that my intuitive abilities and deeper understanding
of other sentient beings became apparent. Upon reaching adulthood, my
Ojibwe/Cherokee mother fondly called
me Gizhaadamokwe (Guardian Spirit Woman). What I understood about the feelings of other species prompted me to became a voice to protect them.
Seeing through the eyes of other species, and feeling an interconnectedness with all life, I am vegan and adhere to a compassionate diet and lifestyle, and an adopt and rescue philosophy.
I'm also an accredited animal behavior specialist and consultant. I prefer to use the word "teacher" instead of trainer because I believe it more appropriately expresses my philosophy. I use positive reinforcement and the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, which is a force free, compassionate form of behavior modification. I believe the combination of my intuitive skills, science based animal teaching methods, and state-of-the-art behavior modification techniques, provide me an advantage so that I can help my clients and their caretakers on both levels.
I'm a professional fine artist and contributing author of several published books about animals and parrots. I'm presently writing a memoir about the amazing relationships with the non-human species I have been fortunate enough to know on a very special level. All of my paintings are inspired by nature, animals, and the spiritual world.