I have been making art for over 40 years. I earned my BA from the New School for Social Research, having studied at the Rhode Island School of Design for the first two years of college. I painted and exhibited full-time for over twenty years as I raised my sons. When they grew up and flew away, I needed a change, so I went back to graduate school to learn how to teach reading and writing. I earned my Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and my Doctor of Education from Northeastern University. From 2007-2021, I taught writing, advised, tutored, recruited, developed curricula, and directed a writing center in a variety of educational settings, including higher education, hospital workforce development programs, college transition programs, and ESOL and adult education programs in community-based organizations. The pandemic brought me back to making art reflecting my experience in nature.