I graduated with a Bachelor of Art Education from Eastern Michigan University, and later did post-graduate classes in watercolor from Kingsley Calkins, who became a very valuable mentor for me. He got me interested in entering juried exhibitions, away from art fairs, which he said often lead artists to only do what is popular. It was the right decision for me. Since then, my work has been accepted into many exhibits in Michigan, including the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s annual fine arts competition (where in 1996 I won best of show, awarded by Jane Hammond), the annual competitions in the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens, Holland Area Arts Center, the Greater Michigan Art Exhibitions in the Dow Center for the Arts in Midland, the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, and the annual All Media Competition in Battle Creek, winning awards in each of the above exhibits, some of them several times. Nationally, my work has been accepted into exhibitions multiple times in Galeria Mesa, AZ, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, Oakland Community College (in MI) in those national exhibits and in the Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX annual Drawing and Small Sculpture shows, winning a purchase prize there in 2005; the juror was Mel Ramos.