Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I traveled to Roaoke, Virginia for college, earning a BA in Studio Art from Hollins College (now Hollins University) in 1978. Besides my fine arts training at Hollins, I continued my early cartoon work throughout my college years with editorials, illustrations and even a comic strip in the school's student newspaper. 

     After a year and a half of work and outdoor travel, I headed to New York City to continue my studies at the famed Art Students League. There, I immersed myself in figure and portrait painting. A job took me to Virigina and after a couple years, I returned to Houston to stay.  Back in Houston, I enhanced my art with classes at the Art League and the Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School. All during this time, my emphasis remained on the every fascinating human face and figure. 

     I happily put aside art for a number of years to be a full-time mother; only occasionally doing art projects. When I picked up my brushes in earnest again, I decided to reflect on my decades-long love of the outdoors and paint landscapes based on my and my family's travels and adventures throughout the United States. 

     I continue my pursuit of outdoor adventures, often with one or all three of my grown children. Beautiful places can be found almost everywhere and I love the search. I have never lost my fascination with capturing the uniqueness of people. The pursuit of nature and the human form should keep me occupied for years to come.