I grew up in the Middle West until my father decided to become a farmer and we moved to an apple orchard in Pennsylvania. I was an artist from a very early age and my family saw to it that I had classes while in elementary school at the local museum. I took more classes in college but when I became immersed in my career as an academic librarian, I stopped drawing. My younger sister became the serious artist and an art conservator, and I stepped back and enjoyed her work. Because I was lucky enough to end up in Tucson, I had new opportunities to rediscover my love of drawing through the Art Institute at the Desert Museum and then the Drawing Studio. I tried color pencils, water color and oils but pastel came out on top. I love to draw and I consider pastel the ultimate drawing experience.