I have lived in Bend, OR since 2013 after living in Portland, OR for 36 years. I now divide my time between Bend and Portland.

I have been painting since I was a child – encouraged by my grandfather, a musician, who painted in his retirement. I studied at the University of New Mexico and Washington University in St. Louis, then received a BFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. For many years I taught special education in the Portland Public Schools, receiving a M.Ed. in education from the University of Portland in 1997.

Before moving to Bend, I was chosen to participate in Portland Open Studios for 5 straight years, 2008-2012.