I was born and raised in the heart of San Francisco. My mother was a great lover of art and theater. She brought us to art galleries, museums, and to the children's opera. She herself was an artist who at one time owned a small shop on Hampshire Street, San Francisco, where she taught china painting.
I attended Notre Dame High School, City Collage, Skyline College, San Mateo College and obtained my Bachelor Degree in Art with an emphasis on drawing and painting at San Francisco State University in 1983.
I have explored many different media and disciplines,including ceramics, jewelry, and wood work. I got heavily involved in the craft arena. I established, owned and for ten years operated a successful business, Village Crafters, that showcased the works of artists and craftsmen.
In 1997, I began to seriously paint again. I attended intense painting workshops in the classic techniques of the Old Masters for four summers at the Liliedahl Fine Art Studio in Texas. This inspired me to continue my education at the San Francisco Academy of Art University where I earned my Master of Fine Art degree in 2007.
In 2009 my husband and I opened up ' Arata Fine Art Gallery' at 450 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA. My work is currently on display at Studio 831, in the French Quarter , New Orleans, LA. and at Art Obsessions, in Truckee, CA.