She gained a degree in French and Spanish and having lived and travelled abroad during most of her twenties, she decided to take the leap and pursue her deepest desire of Art.
After receiving a BA from the University of New Mexico, she moved to Baltimore, to do graduate work at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. There she became committed to the career of being an artist after graduating with an MFA in 1989. She then exhibited successfully for over twelve years at the Gomez Gallery, Baltimore.
Since then, she has been happily living and working in Albuquerque and exhibiting her work in Argentina, USA, Venezuela and the UK.
Although she is primarily a painter, lately she has been interested in printmaking, particularly original photogravure etching, which is done with exposure to light rather than acid. The etchings are then handcoloured with watercolour.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications and is in both private and public collections including; Wolverhampton College and Doner international UK.
'For years my work has been guided by the core issues of identity and integration of the disowned elements in our nature. Essentially a quest for wholeness, this process has led me to explore our conditioned responses to gender, our notions of beauty and ugliness, our distinctions between normal and abnormal, I believe that these fixed concepts or judgments narrow our range of experience and limit our ability to both value and recognise in ourselves the stunning diversity of our existence.
I have always used the female figure as my primary image (perhaps but not intentionally an autographical device.) As with the paperdolls I made and adored as a child, I can dress this painted or drawn persona as my fantasy directs. I can push and pull at her features, mutate and mask and adorn her until she becomes something more inclusive, something “other,” a being larger and more reflective of the unconditioned self.
I am also deeply drawn to animals. Their beauty of form and colour, their outrageous self sufficiency, their mystery and otherness have inspired me for years. I feel that they hold a key to our ability to fully recognise ourselves. In my work I often combine human and animal attributes, creating a kind of metaphor for our larger, deeper selves. I think that we have a profound need to belong to the natural world.’