Graduated from Illinois State University with a comprehensive studio art major and received her MAT from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Taught High School art in St. Louis, moved to Charlottesville, VA with her husband and taught at St. Anne’s Belfield while the same time working in Medical Art and Photography at the University of Virginia Hospital.
Moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and taught at Park Tudor School.
Taught at North Central High School beginning and advanced painting. Chosen as one of six teachers to participate in a 2002, Lilly China exchange partnership with Washington Township Schools, affording an opportunity to teach and travel throughout China and experience its art and culture.
2007, was awarded a Lilly Creative Renewal Grant, traveling to Moscow and via the Volga River to St. Petersburg, Russia. Great works of art at the Pushkin, Tretyakov and Hermitage museums inspired her to reach beyond teaching.
2010, embarked in painting full-time.