I grew up in New England with parents who designed houses. At 18, in search of fertile ground, I moved to California. After receiving a BA from UC Berkeley in Art and Anthropology, I designed posters at a cultural center and worked with the children’s program. We developed a puppet show and served a diverse community.

I worked as a preschool teacher, a waitperson, a shop clerk, an artist’s model, and a sketch artist on the street. Then I became a licensed massage therapist. That work enriched my life for many years.

After exploring art therapy and Jungian dreamwork, my focus shifted from the outer to the inner world. My paintings began to embody mysterious narratives. I feel nourished by them.

I’ve exhibited my acrylic paintings in the US, Ecuador and  Portugal.


2015 Gems, Galeria Infusions, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
2008 A Journey Below the Surface part 2, University of North Carolina Gallery,
Asheville, NC USA paintings and story
2004 A Journey Below the Surface, Colburn Museum, Asheville, NC USA
paintings and story
2000 Keepers of the Flame, Holy Ground Gallery, Asheville, NC, USA
1999 Liquid Bodies of Light, Mudhouse Gallery, Charlottesville, NC USA
1991 Reaching for a Thunderbolt, Common Grounds Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA


2020  Galeria Artesis, Tavira, Portugal
2019  Galeria Artesis, Tavira, Portugal 
2019 Sao Bras Museum, Sao Bras de Alportel, Portugal
2017 Galeria Pilartes, Tavira, Portugal
2014 Galeria Pumamaqui, Cuenca, Ecuador
2012 Hacienda Vivanco, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
2007 Miya Gallery, Weaverville, NC USA
2006 Gallery Minerva, Asheville, NC USA
2004 Holy Ground Gallery, Asheville NC USA
1999 Mable House Cultural Center, Mableton, GA USA
1998 Seven Sisters Gallery, Black Mountain, NC USA
1993 Four Seasons Gallery, Hendersonville, NC USA
1992 Nitya Gallery, Sebastopol, CA USA


2004 Cover art, excerpt, and images from the original story, A Journey Below the Surface, Laurel of Asheville

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