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In the balance of family life and profession, family comes first. It wasn't until the children were in school full time that I returned to a love of painting people that eventually developed into a career in portraiture.

My time of teaching, followed by full-time motherhood, proved to be valuable background for becoming a children's portrait painter.

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, I graduated from Houghton College in western New York state (class of '67) with a BA degree.

Married in 1968, my husband and I have lived in Iran, Michigan, Colorado, and North and South Carolina.

From 1986 to 2001 I enjoyed a studio at Artspace — a community of working studios and galleries open to the public in Historic City Market, downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. I currently maintain a private studio in my home.

In my "silver years" I happily count myself as Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, artist, gardener, dog lover and race car fan.

Selected professional highlights include:

•   Signature membership in The Pastel Society of America;

•   Memberships in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Degas Pastel Society, Artspace Artists Association, American Society of Portrait Artists, The American Society of Classical Realism, Christians in the Visual Arts, Fellowship of Christians in Portraiture;

•   Commissioned and non-commissioned paintings in corporate and private collections nationwide including: IBM, RJR Nabisco, Nations Bank, Wake Medical Center, General Electric Mortgage Insurance, NC League of Savings Institutions, North Carolina State University and John Deere Corp.

•   Artwork published in the 1996 and 1998 editions of The Best of Pastel, Rockport Pub.; and the 1996 edition of The Best of Oil, Rockport Pub.

Artists with whom I have studied:

•   Mary Trafelet
•   Marjorie Ortlip Stockin
•   Greg Kreutz
•   Daniel E. Greene
•   David A. Leffel
•   Dee Toscano