Career and Bio

I have been creating art for most of my life, but I was inspired to begin painting seriously after taking a week-long plein air pastel workshop with Bob Rohm at Willow Wisp Farm Studios in Asheville, NC in the Spring of 2000.

People often ask whether I went to art school, and yes, I did. In fact, a lot of what I learned when studying design and illustration can be directly applied to painting. But I attribute much of what I know about painting to the many wonderful artists who share their expertise through workshops. I owe a lot to these teachers who have shown me how to see. Once you learn how to see, everything is a visual treat.

Growing Up

Our childhood neighbor (left), me (middle) and my sister (right).

Our childhood neighbor (left), me (middle) and my sister (right).

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child, drawing and making things was a big part of my life. Our family was a creative lot, making and building things out of whatever we had. I learned to sew and I made lots of my own clothes starting around age 12. I spent hours drawing at home, and art class was my favorite part of school. The art room was where I hid during the dreaded pep rallies! What a great day it was when I went to college to be with like-minded folks!


  • Pratt Institute, 1967-68 Fashion Design
  • Carnegie-Mellon University, 1972, BFA Graphic Design
  • Syracuse University, 1998, Master of Arts in Illustration

Private Study

Workshops and private study with:

Bob Rohm
Doug Dawson
Ralph Oberg
Scott Burdick
Susan Lyon
Margaret Dyer
Steve Childs
Dee Beard Dean
Marc Hanson
D. Eleinne Basa
Lori Putnam

Professional Memberships

Member, Pastel Society of America

Member, Oil Painters of America

Member of Excellence, Southeastern Pastel Society

Exhibiting member of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC