I live and work from my studio in Santa Cruz, California. Born in San Francisco, I grew up on the peninsula in a nature loving family. Art making has always provided a personal way of understanding and belonging in the world.
After attending U.C.Santa Cruz, I moved east to complete an MFA in Painting from Yale University. Following school, I lived to Boston and then Providence, Rhode Island where I taught painting, drawing, and design at RISD and Brown University. In 1992, after 3 years as an Asssitant Professor of Art at Cornell University, including my first time teaching in Rome, Italy, I resigned from full time teaching to move back to Santa Cruz with my young daughter and partner. In addition to teaching courses at Stanford University, San Jose State University, and The American University in Rome, I taught UCSC Art majors from 1992 to 2012.