Chinatown – San Francisco

fullsizeoutput_b06Walking through San Francisco’s Chinatown is like stepping into a different world. A good friend allowed me to work from her photo, Rainy Day in Chinatown ( The deeper I worked into the painting, the more I appreciated what a unique moment she had captured. When I asked her about it, she said she has returned to that location many times and never seen anything again that approaches what she captured that day.

Gestation Period


I decided to post an unfinished painting to show the birth process of a piece. I never know quite how long it will take to finish a painting. My photographer friend Jane Lurie has allowed me to work from her photo, A Rainy Day in Chinatown. You can see this beautiful photo of San Francisco on her blog:

Refugee of the Heart

During the four years I spent in Hong Kong, I met individuals who inspired me to write this historical novel. 

My book combines romance with intrigue to create a compelling tale of love and loss in early twentieth-century China. War will ravage Asia, and Wei-chen and Hui-lan could be caught in the cross fire.


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Please click here to find Refugee of the Heart on Amazon.


Inle Lake, Myanmar


Myanmar is an interesting country with fascinating sites and sub-cultures. Inle Lake, which is famous for its floating villages and gardens, is ringed by pagodas and monasteries. The Intha people base their communities entirely on the water. In an effort to preserve this unique culture, UNESCO has declared Inle a biosphere reserve.