I have been a painter for almost 45 years. I was born in the U.S. and studied drawing and painting most of my adult years. Ever since I can remember I seem to always have a crayon or pencil in my hand copying photos from newspapers, magazines or any image I could get my hands on. My first set of oil paints was given to me at age ten,by my professional photographer aunt and the rest is history. I took every drawing and painting class elementary school and high school. From there I went on to university where I received a BA in Art History and studio (drawing and painting) then an MA in Art History and painting. From graduate school I then moved to Canada (1966) and lived and taught 32 years at Dawson College, Montreal, in the Visual Arts Department. During my teaching career I was a single parent raising two sons. During this time period I also received a diploma in Art Therapy from Concordia University. I retired from teaching in 1961 and in 2007 moved to Eastern Ontario, Canada.
I became an artist because I loved interpreting what I saw in nature. Also as a young girl I became an amature photographer when given my first came at age ten, a brownie camera. I used the images as a reference to work from which I still do today. I must have well over 25,000 or more images between my iPad, iPhone and lap top plus photos printed over the decades.