I was born in 1949 to a working-class family in Hartford, CT. I drew constantly as a child, wrote poetry, and admired my aunts’ paintings and poetry.

I started out in math and science at Harvard but moved on to political activism and drawing classes. After graduation, my strong affinity for the West Coast brought me to Berkeley, California.

I began my art studies in the Bay Area at Oakland’s Laney College, where I made my first etchings. I went on to earn a BFA in Painting and Printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts.

In the following decades, I raised two daughters, made and exhibited art quilts, painted in the East Bay hills, practiced Chinese calligraphy, painted on silk, studied Sogetsu School ikebana, and wrote poetry. When our older daughter started college, I concentrated on painting with sumi ink and watercolor on crinkled Japanese paper. This body of work became very popular through frequent exhibits and studio tours. I also taught workshops in this technique.

Moving to Bellingham. Washington in 2008 made it possible for me to set up my own printmaking studio. I found a lively and welcoming poetry community here. I am fortunate to live in the midst of a lush, varied, and inspiring landscape. The work continues.