Fortunately, my parents identified me as an artist nearly from birth and nurtured my interest in both visual arts and music. I attended Linden Hall School for Girls as an art major, and after graduation went on to study fine art at Kutztown University, The Maryland Institute College of Art and The College of Charleston. It wasn't until the 1990's that my interest turned to watercolor as a medium and I began to work in concept-based series. A little earlier, I returned to college to study the Geosciences and completed a bachelor's degree at the College of Charleston and then received a Fellowship at Syracuse University for graduate studies. Upon completion, I joined the faculty of Skidmore College in the Department of Geosciences as a Lecturer, and eventually became Department Chair. During those decades, I remained active in the fine arts and enjoyed a dual-career life. Retirement from Skidmore in 2008 allowed me to focus on the fine arts again, my first love.