Juanetta was born in the South, raised in Indiana and “grew up in California”.
California introduced her to a new world of creative possibility including dance, song and visual art from around the world. Her lifecasting journey began when moved back to Indiana in the 1990’s. She didn’t know it then, but that creative freedom was a gateway into working with individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds. Juanetta used mask making as a vehicle for individuals to tell their “stories without words”. Their masks became their canvass and in turn, a mechanism for self expression that provided safety, privacy, and once again, the “freedom” to express themselves without harm.
Juanetta's life wasn't an easy road, in her 20's, she discovered she was dyslexic. She was bullied and made to feel inferior to her cohorts. As she researched, she found her creative side. Her exploration introduced her to the arts.
A true optomist, Juanetta came to appreciate her dyslexia and the many benefits it brought into her life. "Being Dyslexic has been one of the best things to have ever happened to me. It was the force, the motivation behind my unsatisfiable desire to learn, grow, and explore. I taught myself to read. I developed self confidence. I challenged myself. Most importantly, I learned how to recognize Dyslexia in children. That’s one reason I love reading to children and telling stories. "
In 2015, Juanetta move from Indiana to Bisbee and married the love of her life. She has continued her commitment to giving back. She serves on the City Council, Bisbee Senior Center, Bisbee Holistic Wellness Center, and the Buffalo Soldiers. She sincerely believes we all poses unlimited potential however, “If you want things in your life to change you have to change things in your life.” Albert Einstein