I was born, raised and attended college in Tennessee. After receiving my BFA in  painting, I attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  It would be impossible to overstate the  enormity of that transition - a young and naive Tennessee painting student, having  never lived in a big city nor ever been out of the United States, suddenly  dropped into Paris. What helped most in my adjustment to Paris was the magic of  my student card that allowed me entrance into any museum in France free of  charge. Paris was an endless parade of art museums with paintings from all  overthe world. I lived a few blocks from the Louvre, visiting it most days, roaming  galleries, doing my best to soak in as much as humanly possible.

I lived in Paris for three years,  and I suppose I became "an emerging artist," exhibiting in France as   well as other parts of Europe. Returning to the States, I settled in Chicago  and taught watercolor for over 35 years, most recently at the Chicago Botanic  Garden for the last 12 years. At the age of 56, I received my masters degree in  architecture, and ran a small residential design firm for 12 years.

My  husband and I retired and moved  to Santa Fe four years ago, and I have been happily painting full time again.  My hope, in my older years, is to become a "re-emerging artist."


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