Originally from Ohio, QtAcreGal’s real first name is Gwendolyn; a hypergraphic writer since age 4, she won early attention for her poetry, and was a staff member of every student newspaper of any school she ever attended that had one. Coming to love the unexpected pleasure others got when she turned away from words and took photographs, she fell in love with natural light photography from her first roll of sunset photos off a Kodak X15 at age 11. Pursuing a Minor in Photographic Arts at Miami of Ohio, photographs from her very first Black and White class, along with a Spring Master Class in the Smokies exist in Miamis’ Student Collection at the school art museum; her monolithic portrayal of Grotto Falls was enlarged to hang, for many years, in the school Student Loan office.
Living in the NW corner of SC for over 19 years, she continued to explore poetry and photography in a cozy but rented cottage on the outskirts of Greenville SC with an assortment of cats, dog Jenna and a few livebearing freshwater fish. In addition, she traveled extensively in Canada as well as Great Britain, expanding her creative reach to cooking, crochet, singing, watercolor and spiritual healing writing and speaking among women and children with abuse, addictions and mental health challenges.
In Fall 2009, she returned to her birthland of SW Ohio; The Land of the Great Pumpkin awaited her, her trusty camera, and a borrowed, beat up white Thunderbird. In November 2012, she triumphed, moving beyond her intellect, by completing her first 5K Walk/Run event, but a faulty Aortic Heart Valve stopped her a year later. She currently lives in SW Ohio.