I loved art and literature from an early age, encouraged by my father who was an unpublished poet and had wanted to be an artist, but coming from a Greek immigant family he could not dare to dream such dreams.
We divorced in 1968, and I wandered for a few years, searching for a life of my own. I traveled from Texas to Connecticut, to Minnesota, to Michigan, to Illinois, to Massachusetts, and to Miinnesota again several times, lived in the vividly creative Cedar-Riverside WestBank enclave of musicians, artists, and poets, and finally, almost on a whim, I came to Northern California, where I found home at last.
I had adventures. Some were painful, but most of them incredibly wonderful. I did music, then poetry, and photography, but didn't dare to try art again until 2007 in Berkeley.
I started over brand-new with a whole new medium– digital painting and printmaking, and felt like the luckiest person on earth. I was blown away to find that I had 40 years of ideas and discoveries, just wanting to be expressed, eager to be set free. And now, every new day, I discover more.
Now, three California careers later, I'm a writer, working on a memoir titled, appropriately I think, Victory Is My Name. It tells the stories of some of those adventures. – July 2016
You're welcome to read some poetry at http://newpoets.darkhorsepress.com/spacebetween.html,
My chapbook, Inchworms - Poems, Sketches, and Stories, Celebrating the Small Joys, Wonders, and Perplexities of Life, is available as an E-book at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords.
All material this website is copyrighted by Victoria Chames 2007