I was born in upstate New York, the seventh of ten children. I attended college in Plattsburgh NY as a math major. I left school and moved to California. I took figure drawing for the first time at Sacramento City College, with Fred Dalkey as my instructor. I also worked in the graphic arts industry as a silkscreen printer and text book illustrator.
I moved to the foothills and worked at an in home graphics business. I home birthed and home schooled two daughters. I worked in the community designing posters and some sets for theatrical productions. I continued figure drawing, printmaking and exhibiting my work in the region during this time.
As my children grew, I discovered a great gift within myself… painting! This treasure has opened many doors for me. I have found things within myself that I never knew existed. I have shown and sold many of my paintings throughout Northern California.
I returned to school at UC Davis, as an Art Major, and completed my BA in 2001. I received many scholarships, including a Summer Session Abroad, in the South of France. I studied Modernism where it began. I continued at UC Davis to get a teaching credential. In the fall of 2003, my daughter, Gaea, and I took off to explore Europe. It was a wonderful experience for both of us. We saw incredible amounts of art and culture from Ireland to Greece, and anywhere in between.
I currently live in Auburn where I have been resident artist at the Arts Building. I work part time as a teacher and I continue painting and studying art, because I love it! Art enriches me, it keeps me young and alive. Being a painter is a wonderful thing, it is my calling and I hope to follow where it leads me for many years to come.