Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois my undergraduate work began at Illinois State University (1970-72), continued at Colombia College, Chicago (1974-76) and culminated at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1981) in art education, drawing and painting. After which I took a hiatus, built our home and raised a family. In 2006, I opened Tiny Pieces – Mosaic Tools & Supplies at The Chicago Mosaic School. It was the first and only store to specialize in tools and supplies for mosaic where I also taught, supported and contributed to the mosaic community for a dozen years. In November of 2018 I closed the shop in order to pursue my own creativity full time. This is when I discovered my love of ceramics.