Soon after graduating from USF, I returned to focus on creating art and accepted a teaching position. I taught computers my first year and then transitioned to a high school art position at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg. Over a five-year period I taught a variety of art courses and felt invigorated to create art again. I enjoyed sharing my passion for art with my students. I was painting daily and took up photography as well. It was not long before I decided to start welding again. I turned my garage into my art studio and I was creating sculptures, painting on canvases and creating functional art.