I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and spent half of my childhood in Northern California--the other half in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. My serious studies began with my Bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1982 and then moving to New York where I received my Master's degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1984. Returning to Alaska in 1990, I was impressed by the contrasts between the man-made environment of New York City and the natural environment of Alaska-- and began to work on contrasts between nature and the man-made. In 2018 I moved to California where I narrowly escaped the Paradise Camp Fire, and lost all. I resettled in Chico, California, and more recently, returned to my beloved Alaska--now living in Homer. I love the freedom of expression I find in abstract painting and I am intrigued with the process of creating order from chaos, and finding harmony from that. In this spontaneous way of painting I am frequently surprised with my own results. It is almost like going to the other side of the looking glass, where, instead of the image I expect to find, I discover some hidden place. I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I enjoyed creating them.