A native of Nashua, NH and lifelong resident, I attended local parochial schools and graduated from Rivier College with a BA in English Literature. Although my professional life centered on teaching English in local junior high schools, I devoted as much of my spare time as possible throughout my life to artistic pursuits. Over the years, I took instruction at various times from many local artists, including Kay Kandra, James Aponovich, and Dorothy Goodwin, and practiced my artistic skills in different media: pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, oil pastels, collage, and acrylic paints. I also devoted a good deal of time and study to the art of photography which, I believe, has enhanced my skills in painting and composition. Retirement has provided me an opportunity to express myself artistically with greater frequency and concentration. Although I once favored watercolor, and still do some occasionally, my most recent work is in acrylics and pastels. I am enjoying expressing myself in both media, and have become particularly fond of pastels. I love the tactile qualities and the rich colors. I have taken instruction from pastel artist Mary Ellen Brown. Also, in May of 2016, I participated in a three-day workshop in floral pastel painting with internationally known artist Lyn Diefenbach. I exhibit my work at a few local galleries and enter local art shows, such as the Beaver Brook Fall Festival. I have participated in the Art Walk in Nashua for three years in a row. I have frequently exhibited in shows at the Wild Salamander Gallery in Hollis, NH. My work is regularly displayed at the Art Hub Gallery at 30 Temple Street, and at the Pheasant Lane Mall NAAA exhibit. I am a juried member of the Hollis Art Society, the Nashua Area Artists Association, the Lowell Art Association and the Whistler House Museum.