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 husband and I relocated six months later and I continued my education at the University of New Mexico earning a BFA in 1983 and a Masters of Art in 1985. For the past thirty years I have been working in the graphic design business, currently as the Art Director for a small publishing company in Albuquerque as well as a book illustrator for Island Press in Washington D.C.My current drawings and paintings are inspired by time spent on the island of Kauai, a landscape dramatically different from the high desert of Placitas. With many trips to Limahuli Garden and Preserve, a botanical park dedicated to preserving species native to that habitat, I created a series of woodcuts of various plants and settings. Expanding on those images I began making charcoal drawings of the lily ponds in my Placitas yard — the plants shimmer in the intense sunlight, shading the dark, cool spaces below the water. The natural evolution was to color and the oil paintings of small landscapes. These are spaces that reveal as well as conceal — the lush, brilliantly lit vegetation above the water again shading the quiet, dark spaces hidden below, an intertwining of two very different environments.