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.