I'm a Pacific Northwest native, born in Seattle and raised in Portland. I received a BA degree in art from the University of Washington in 1973. In the fall of that year I went to Europe to meet "old world" relatives before settling down to the business of earning a living. My first job upon returning was as a counselor at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls in Yakima, WA. It was in Yakima that I bought my first house and remodeled it. That house turned out to be the first of 3 that I bought and remodeled on my own before marrying a general contractor in 1989 and taking on 3 more houses as a twosome. The majority of my working years were spent as a kitchen designer in Bellevue, WA. In 2001 my husband and I quit our jobs to take a 6 month driving trip around the US and Canada in a VW Eurovan. It was during this time that I made the decision to seriously pursue my passion for art in the form of painting. I have been actively painting and exhibiting since then, and have pieces in many private collections as well as in Harborview Hospital, Swedish Hospital, Hotel Max, International Kitchens, and Ryan Swanson & Cleveland law firm. In 2007 my husband and I became snowbirds, and our community in Green Valley, Arizona has a wonderful clay studio, to which I have become addicted. I have added a clay category to my website featuring some of my more recent work. I am represented by Alki Arts in Seattle, WA and Edward Montgomery Fine Arts in Carmel, CA. You can see these galleries' webpages by clicking on the links on my site.