After I raised my family, I lived on the East Coast and went to the Art Students League in New York City. I also attended special classes at the National Academy of Art and Design.
In Connecticut, I belonged to two art groups in Stamford and Greenwich, giving me access to classes to study with Miles Batte, Don Andrews, Fred Rawlinson, and Ethel Todd George. During that time I also exhibited in Art Shows and Banks in Old Greenwich.
I attended four years of pastel workshops in New Mexico with the Academy of Realist Art of Seattle. My main concentration while there was on plein air and I had the opportunity to stay and paint at Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch; and other places in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.
Returning to California provided me with the opportunity to study with Dorner Schuler for several years, as well as with Dana Sue Palemona, and with Columbia College art instructor, Gerion Rios. I also painted with Robert Reynolds, studying mountain and snow scenes from the winter.
In 1990 artists B.R. Garvin, Donna Perkins, and I started the group Arts of Bear Valley. Later that year Bambi and Duane Papais joined the group and we opened two art galleries together. Our first gallery was in Bear Valley and was called Studio Gallery I and the second one, Studio Gallery II was on Main Street in Murphys where we remained open for over 18 years.
I currently reside in Murphys where I continue to paint and teach classes in watercolors and pastels.