My former husband, Lawrence Morris was the original inspiration for my Jazz Series in 2000, shortly after I was married.
His compositions and lyrics along with his extensive jazz collection became my focal point during his deployment in the United States Navy. 

I read books on jazz, and vintage photos became reference for my first jazz paintings as I painted in our backyard, in Chula Vista, CA. The artwork of Romare Bearden, William H. Johnson and Andrew Turner were all greatly influential at this time.