I grew up on a farm in NW Washington on the Puget Sound.  I spent my childhood playing in the woods or walking on the mudflats near our home.  We had a lot of animals throughout the years; goats, chickens, sheep and others but I never got the horse i wanted.  I drew them constantly. 

I went to an elementary school on a college campus.  Our art teachers were college faculty members.  When I got to college I felt I already knew a lot about art and I wanted to learn something new so I majored in Geology.  After I graduated I went to San Francisco where I decided to become an artist. 

I started drawing fashion figures when I was sixteen.  I never dreamed I was a painter because no one was doing figures then.  The scene was dominated by abstract expressionism and minimalism.  I kept trying to figure out where I fit in.  I thought maybe in the theater as a costume designer.  I worked at the Circle Rep in New York where Tennessee Williams and Lanford Wilson were the resident playwrights.  I was drawing in the lobby one evening during the play and Lanford noticed my work and said I should do graphics for them.  I knew I didn't know anything about graphics and that's when I signed up for a class at the Art Students League in printmaking.