I grew up in New England with parents who designed houses. In search of fertile ground, I moved to California and received a BA in Art and Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

For several years, I worked in a Latin American cultural center, designed posters, started a puppet theater, worked as a preschool teacher and waited tables. To hone my drawing skills, I drew people in public places.

After several art therapy workshops, I shifted from realistic to intuitive painting. Becoming a massage therapist complimented my work as a painter.

I’ve sold paintings in galleries and art fairs in the US, Ecuador and Portugal. I live in Tavira, 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


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


1998 Best of Show, Return of the Light, Asheville Art League, Asheville, NC USA


2004 Cover art, excerpt and images from original story, A Journey Below the Surface, Laurel of Asheville
2004 Experience over Dogma, exhibit review by Tracy Rose, Mountain Xpress, March 17


1983 BA, Art & Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA USA

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