Welcome to my clowning world!
I am a student of humor and an ambassador of joy; both ingredients for a recipe to stay young at heart.
What began as a serious hobby has become a way of life. Clowning is about putting yourself into a world of playfulness. It’s mindfulness with comic intention. When you put that nose on, you enter a space where cares temporarily evaporate and aches & pains take a backseat. Not only are you allowed to break social norms, you’re expected to.
I grew up in Southern California and started playing piano at age 9 and came to Santa Barbara in the 1970’s to attend UCSB. After graduating with a BA in music, I started working at a typesetting shop and thus began a 38-year career in graphic art. In 2013, I retired as the in-house graphic artist for 19 years at CenCal Health.
In 1996, I discovered the accordion and life hasn’t been the same. The accordion has opened many doors for me, and clowning is the latest excursion. I am a founding member of Santa Barbara’s accordion club, the Accordion International Music Society (AIMS). Our monthly meetings provide me a safe, fun place to try out new clown routines and gags. I can find out what works and what doesn’t. I am also proud to be a member of a band (that formed through AIMS) called the DixEHix. We’ve been playing international folk and traditional music since 2008. This band is another great place where I get to practice my clowning skills. So, if you’d like to hire a band that’s a lot of fun, consider us for your next event. (See one of our band photos below)
In 2011, I began my education in the ancient art of clowning, in the form of camps and conventions. At these weeklong playgrounds, there is a cafeteria of classes to pick from, including make-up & costuming, character development, slapstick, juggling, mime, magic, props & gags, physical comedy, storytelling, puppetry, skits, improvisation and general bafoonery (even pie throwing & water spitting!).
For the past few years, I’ve been focusing on the type of clowning referred to as “therapeutic”. This is very different from parties and walkabouts — softer and quieter. I look forward to putting my skills to work at nursing homes, dementia facilities, etc. – bringing joy and mirth to people who really need it.
I’m a proud member of these organizations!
- Accordion International Music Society of Santa Barbara
- Association for Applied Therapeutic Humor
- Clowns of America International
- West Region Clown Association
- World Clown Association