As you will see below, my career has been a varied one... but art was always there, sometimes in the background, sometimes moving to front and center.  One of my favorite quotes continues to help me clarify my own journey,

"The digressions that I have made from this direct path, were not harmful as a whole; a few dead signs where I lost my strength and which seemed to me sometimes the end of my work were, for the most part, jumping off points and rest stops, which made possible the next step."   

~Wassily Kandinsky

Illustration and Design Clients

  • Art Docent at Horace Mann Elementary School, Redmond, WA - specialties: scientific illustration and pottery
  • InstructorUniversity of Washington Continuing Education, Natural Science Illustration Program - Introduction to Natural Science Illustration, Fall term 2010-2011.
  • Bellevue Botanical Garden - Botanical Drawing instructor, January-February, 2010
  • InstructorUniversity of Washington Continuing Education, Natural Science Illustration Program - Botanical Illustration Instructor, Spring term 2009.
  • The Evergreen State College—Guest instructor for workshops on scientific illustration, drawing and using color for botany and biology students, 10/2007, 4/2008, 5/2008, 4/2010
  • Hopelink—Eastside Literacy Program, Bellevue, WA - Building Blocks for Successful Teaching, an illustrated presentation for teachers and tutors, 2006
  • Washington State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) - Recruitment posters, brochures and education advocady training materials, 2000-2001
  • Ministry of Health, Majuro, Marshall Islands - Public Health awareness posters on Prevention of Vitamin A deficiency Blindness, Breastfeeding, and Diabetes, 1988
  • Indian Health Service/Alaska Native Health Board - Informational displays on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Low Birth weight Prevention/and Smokeless Tobacco for national convention, 1987
  • Alaska Office of Energy Programs, Division of Community and Regional Affairs and the Alaska Power Authority - Turning on the Lights – a guide to electrical projects for Village Leaders in Rural Alaska produced with C-Graphics, 1986. (Illustration award winner, National Federation of Press Women, 1987)
  • Municipality of Anchorage - Men’s Support Network and the Alaska Women’s Resource Center - Why Violence? Developing Healthy Relationships for Young People, an illustrated workbook, 1986
  • Western Media Concepts, Inc., Anchorage, AK, Poster for “Holding Our Ground,” a 15-part radio documentary series on Alaska Native issues related to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 1985
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Dept.-Powderhorn Park, calendars and flyers, 1982-85


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2009 - Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition of Scientific Botanical Illustration, National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2009 - Burke Museum, Natural Science Illustration Exhibit, Seattle

2008 – Enso Center, Redmond, WA

2007 – Burke Museum, Natural Science Illustration Student Exhibit, Seattle

1984 – Art Institute of Boston Symphony Hall Exhibition, Boston, MA

1984 – Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM), Mentor Program, Minneapolis, MN

1984 – School of the Associated Arts, St. Paul, MN “How Women See Men”

1983 – Artists for Social Responsibility, Pillsbury House, Minneapolis

1981-82 – Exhibiting member, North Suburban Center for the Arts Co-op Gallery, Minneapolis

1981 – Art Institute of Boston Spring Show, Boston, MA

1976, 78-79 – North Dakota Artist/Craftsmen Traveling Exhibition

Published drawings and illustrations:

Anchorage, a Kids Guide to the All-American City, an activity book, by Kathy Madison, 1987

W.A.R.M. Journal (Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota), Fall 1984

The Art of Responsive Drawing, 3rd edition (1984) by Nathan Goldstein, fig. 1.1, and fig. 2.7

International Journal of Drawing, Vol. II, No. 1, 1980

American Artist (article by Nathan Goldstein), January 1982

Visual Arts Education:

University of Washington Extension (2006-07), Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program.

Instructors: Elizabeth Halfacre, Dr. Patricia Weyer, Bart Rulon, and Dr. Linda Vorobik

Private study in painting and drawing:

Renee Rothbein, Boston; Jantje Visscher, Minneapolis; Ji Ruoxiao, Kirkland, WA

University of Minnesota (1983) Painting and drawing

Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA – (1981-82) Fine arts, painting and drawing

Primary Instructors Nathan Goldstein, Drawing; Dominic Cretara, Drawing;

John Bageris, Painting; Judith Brown, Printmaking

University of North Dakota (1976-79), Drawing/Figure Drawing/Design/Calligraphy/Art History

Primary instructors, Brian Paulsen, Jackie McElroy

North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (1975) Painting, drawing - Instructor, Don McRaven

Education in Liberal Arts, Education, Journalism, and Social Work:

Master’s Degree in Social Work, Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1997

University of Alaska, Anchorage. K-8 Elementary and Elem/Special Ed-LD

AK State Certification May 1990-May 1995

Internships: WCCO Television Public Affairs Dept, Minneapolis, 1984-85;

WCCO-Radio, newsroom intern, 1985.

University of North Dakota Graduate School, 1973-74

Master’s level certification in Special Education/Learning Disabilities, 1974

University of North Dakota - B.S. in Education (Elementary and Special Ed.), 1971

Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1967-70

Other Employment:

(besides the Art teaching and freelance illustration clients...)

2001-present—English teacher for adults and children English Language Learners

2000-2004—Washington State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for vulnerable children), Seattle. Community Relations Coordinator, Interim Executive Director. Author, Education and CASA Volunteers, advocating for “ample provision for the education” of children in dependency in Washington State” a handbook for volunteers, plus a Power Point presentation for CASA programs to use in training volunteers in education advocacy.

1997-2000—United Neighborhood Services of Lackawanna County, Scranton, PA. Community Services Director (food bank, clothing room, transitional housing for homeless families, emergency assistance, bread distribution), Project Hope Camp Director.

...I could go on and tell you about my many jobs including a year as a  radio announcer for Alaska Public Radio... but enough is enough!