Joanne Baker was born and raised in South Africa until 21 years of age. California has been her primary home since then. Joanne is a retired Operating Room Nurse. She owned Timbuktu Folk and Tribal Art in Costa Mesa, California where the threads of other cultures created the tapestry of her life. TIAS ARMS has now become her consuming passion in life, as she longs to serve the children in the beautiful country of her homeland.