I was born December 28, 1942, into an
artistic family of singers, dancers, painters,
and poets. Early arts training was a means
of thriving in the family circle. I took piano
lessons, dance lessons, played the
flute in my elementary school orchestra,
took acting lessons at the local community
theater. I enjoyed summer vacations on
the DD Ranch outside Skellytown, TX.
My cousins and I spent endless hours
riding horseback, searching for arrow-
heads, swimming in White Deer Creek,
and fishing from the shores along the
lake. Those days were charmed and left
an indelible picture of gentler times
chronicled in the Cardwell Ranch Stories.
After graduating from Denver University,
I spent three years on the road with Ship-
stad and Johnson’s Ice Follies. After
returning to my hometown, Amarillo, TX,
in 1968, I became the first figure skating
instructor at Amarillo Civic Center ice
arena. In 1983, I founded Amarillo College Theatre School For Children, which I ran for twenty-one years. I was acting coach for the Lone Star Ballet. At Amarillo Opera, I was production manager and created an actor’s intensive for young people serious about a theatrical career.
I am director emeritus of Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, which I founded in 2011. During my teaching career, I was named a Texas Artist In Residence by the Texas Commission On The Arts and honored as Panhandle Distinguished Woman and 2013 Amarillo Globe-News Woman Of the Year.
One of my long-term goals was to write children’s books. The Pandemic of 2020 gave me the time to focus on that dream. The Cardwell Ranch Stories is the realization of that dream.