Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in a wooded suburb, I was instructed by the New England woods where I scrutinized the design of plants and trees with my collie dog. Thereafter I earned a BA degree in English (reading and writing) which included painting and drawing classes: my parents would not abide my studying art "seriously." I left for Europe in 1973, changing my life and working as the foreign news editor of the venerable Ankara Daily News in Turkey, covering the Watergate hearings while travelled to many ancient sites in Anatolia. Arriving in Berkeley three years later I was employed as an editor and writer. Living in Oakland, I was hired with a grant to be one of five artists from across America to run a grassroots art center in downtown Oakland. Three years later I entered an M.A. program in Art from San Francisco State University (before they had an M.F.A.) While living in an active Oakland artists' warehouse community on the Embarcadero, my husband, artist Jamey Brzezinski, and I moved to the San Joaquin Valley for his college tenured position. We lived in the Sierras near Yosemite, enjoying the country life and making mosaics and public art before returning to the Bay Area. In 2006 I became a tenured art professor at the College of San Mateo, leaving in 2012 to pursue art-making full-time.