After receiving my BFA from Sam Houston State University, I lived and taught art at an overseas school in Tokyo in the 1970's. During this time I was introduced to a private collection of 18th and 19th century Ukiyo-e woodcuts. Feeling an immediate connection to the works of art and wanting to learn more about the woodblock print making process, I embarked on an apprenticeship with master printmaker Hodaka Yoshida. By the time I left Japan, I'd become proficient in the medium, well on my way to perfecting the painstaking demands of carving and printing. Immediately returning to graduate school in 1976 at the University of Texas at Austin, I began my experience with a second medium, mixed media collage.