I was born in Montana and grew up in Hawaii. My first art class is also one of my first memories, and I have been painting ever since. My grandparents lived near the ocean on Maui, and I spent many wonderful childhood hours beach-combing. As a teen-ager and young adult, I loved hiking in the mountains and swimming in the pools at the base of waterfalls. These experiences of nature in Hawaii remain important to me and are a continual source of inspiration.
Entranced by New York City (my first visit was in 1982), I moved there in 1983 upon receiving a Master in Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii. I worked in an Upper East Side gallery until, in 1986, I began my career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I managed the Registrar’s art storeroom. I retired from that position in November of 2018 and now dedicate all my energy to making my own work. My husband, Jeffrey Saldinger, is also an artist. His website is jeffreysaldinger.com. Our home includes studio spaces, a print-making room, and a small garden. We live in Astoria, New York and enjoy our quiet neighborhood and the easy subway access to Manhattan.