I was born to an artistic Massachusetts family. I started drawing and painting very early. My home was filled with beautiful paintings done by my great grandmother. She traveled to the White Mountains in New Hampshire in the 1890's to paint "en plein air". I was inspired by these paintings and encouraged by my family. I always knew I wanted to be an artist.
I received a National Scholastic Art Scholarship in high school to go to the art school of my choice. I dreamed of becoming an illustrator and choose Vesper George School of Art in Boston.
In my early twenties I had an urge to travel and headed west. I was struck by the awesome beauty of the Rocky Mountains. I settled in the historic mining town of Ward, Colorado, surronded by National Forest and near the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. Hiking, backpacking, and living in a small town suited me . I am still there today.