I am originally from Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area where I studied art at The San Franciso Art Institute and The Academy of Art. My first visit to Placitas was in 1980 and within hours of arriving I knew this was where I wanted to live and work. My hus-band and I relocated six months later and I continued my education at the University of New Mexico earning a BFA in 1983 and a MA in 1985. My day job was the Art Direc-tor for a small publishing company in Albuquerque from which I retired in 2014. I still maintain a freelance business illustrating books concerned with environmental issues.My studio work is oil painting, pastels and charcoal drawings. Over the years my work has been inspired by time spent on the island of Kauai, a landscape dramatically different from the high desert of Placitas. I made many trips to Limahuli Garden and Preserve, a botanical park dedicated to preserving species native to that habitat, to study the brilliantly lush vegetation. From this I created small landscapes of the more intimate spaces – a close-up of the plants and water, the shadows and light reflections.I am also very interested in patterns, especially in my charcoal drawings, which recently led me to the study of zebras, the intricate stripes of each animal, their “fingerprint.” Over the last year and a half I have created a new body of work thatexplores the design qualities of these beautiful animals.