I was born in 1976 in San Francisco. My parents were a doctor and a music teacher.
My father was in the army stationed at the Presidio. The family moved around
a lot until I was 14 years old, at which time we settled in rural Kansas. I
was the classic computer geek until I was 16 when my grandmother turned me on
to painting. My parents also pulled me out of public school at that age and
I continued my education at home. This turned out quite well - I learned
more in the next three years than I had in ten years of school. I went to
college, but never finished. In my late 30s I moved to Colorado, and when
I was 42 I returned to Kansas.
When I was 21 years old I had my first psychotic episode. I was diagnosed with
schizoaffective disorder, which is schizophrenia concurrent with a mood disorder -
bipolar in my case. Since then I have had other episodes, and I have been
hospitalized more than a dozen times. Now, thanks to many years of therapy
and lots of very powerful medication, I am able to function, but not function