About Vickie

If I had to describe myself with one word, that word would be LEARNER!!!! 

Vickie with Atticus and Ziggy. Ollie was a little camera shy that day!

My three favorite things in the universe (after family and friends of course) are music, art and literature – with equal importance.  I began reading and playing the piano at age  five (that was a busy year for me I guess). Both have stayed with me, I begin EVERY day with a book and a bath. My grandfather owned a music store, tuned pianos and my aunts recorded gospel music. Currently I play the piano for people in an adult day-care center.

But, I always thought something was missing. When I saw the book, DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN, I kept thinking – I should try this, after all I am left-handed. I had found what was missing! Anybody can learn to draw, if you practice. It is no different from learning to play the piano in that respect. But, I kept going and continue to learn new things every day!

I am married to a  professional photographer and teacher, Joel Conison (he took all the photographs of my work) and we live with our three dogs in Decatur, Georgia.


  • I gave historical tours in Atlanta ; The  Driving Miss Daisy tour – the neighborhood of Druid Hills where the movie was filmed, and the other was The Fox Theater – one of only a few atmospheric theaters still in existence in the United States.
  • Interior of The Fox Theater, Atlanta

  • I’ve described myself as a symphony going recovering punk rocker (I named my dog Ziggy in honor of David Bowie). I even once found myself sharing a table with Syd and Nancy.
  • I have worked on over 15 homes for Habitat for Humanity, three of which were built totally by women!  I got pretty good at putting in base molding!
  • What is my favorite book? Hard to say, but I did adopt a dog named Atticus.
  • I saw every David Bowie concert that came to Atlanta after 1973!
  • But, my favorite all-time piece of music is Rhapsody in Blue.
  • I graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens. I don’t say this because I am a big BULLDOG fan, but I am a fan of Athens music, beginning with the B-52’s
  • I will NEVER turn down Mexican food!