The author founded the Froebel Gallery, Ltd. (formerly Grupo Arte, Ltd.) in Albany, New York in 1991. His passion for genealogy, history and culture led him to write and publish a growing list of books in his Ahnentafel Series. The Romanov Family and the history of Kindergarten, founded by educator Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel, are intertwined, a fact underscored in Friedrich and the First Kindergarten, The First Kindergarten, and The Life of Frederick Froebel; Founder of Kindergarten. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Romanov of Russia (1786–1859), wife of Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, was a fervent supporter of Froebel's kindergarten. This connection heightened the author's fascination with the story of the Imperial Family of Tsar Nicholas II, including the mysterious fate of his daughter, Anastasia Nicholaevna. The artistically inclined child of Emperor Nicholas and Empress Alexandra shares this creative characteristic with whomever the woman known as "Evgenia Smetisko" might be. The confluence of the lives of these two personages, evidenced in fine art, fits perfectly in the Ahnentafel Series (Ahnentafel: German for ancestral tree and a loan word in English used by those dedicated to genealogy), especially as Anastasia's English family and that of the author share ancient common roots.