I was born and at times housed along the riverbanks of the great St. Lawrence River in Montreal until settling into the quiet sanctuaries of sadistic foster homes and orphanages on Prince Edward Island, Canada.  At age 9 I won the lottery and was adopted by a family from New Jersey.  I attended boarding school in New Hampshire and graduated from Tulane University with a BA in History.  
After college I headed to Asia.  For the next 30 years of my life, I lived the life of Riley bouncing all over the world opening various franchise brands.  One day I picked up a paintbrush and started to paint.  The rest is history.