I was born in Elgin, Illinois and spent my early childhood in Massachusetts watching my mother create with calligraphy, appliqué and screenprinting. As a teenager I lived in Tucson working in our family bakery. Watercolor paints were my first paints and through high school I created many portraits, floral still lives and scenes from the desert landscape. I received a BFA with a concentration in Painting from The College of Santa Fe in 1991.

My creative practice is driven by curiosity and inspired by my environment. Most of my art is non-objective in nature and aims to document the relatively unseen: feelings, sensations, inquiries, ideas and memories. I  use a range of media including water-based paints, ink, paper, fabric, wood, cardboard and found objects for creating work. My creative practice centers around exploration, experimentation and process.

My work has been included in group exhibitions at the Tacoma Art Museum, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Umpqua Valley Arts Association and The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College.