As I grew up I loved our family visits to my grandfather's apartment in Chicago. The smell of oil paints and turpentine, and his many pieces of art hung salon-style in his living room captivated me each time we stopped by. My parents always encouraged creativity, and I was fortunate enough to attend The American Academy of Art in Chicago in the early '70s. In addition to studying under accomplished teachers, I was also invited to work on staff as an assistant in the photography department.

Upon graduation I became a commercial artist for several years at the Emmett J. Newman Studio in Chicago's Loop, then worked as an illustrator for newspaper articles, books, magazines and advertising agencies. My most rewarding project was revising and illustrating a literacy primer while I, my husband and two sons worked overseas in Pakistan for ten years.

After returning from abroad, I began to study oil painting in the Cincinnati area. Currently I am a Signature Member of the Cincinnati Art Club, a member of the Greenacres Artists' Guild, and work full time as a fine artist both taking commissions and creating my own works of art.