I have been painting and drawing professionally for over 25 years, and loving animals for my whole life. I have a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I lived for 15 years and made a reputation for myself painting still lifes, landscapes, portraits and colored pencil drawings. I grew up in St. Louis, and after leaving Chicago spent several years on the Oregon Coast. In 2006 I moved to NYC, and most recently have moved my home and studio to Woodstock NY in the Catskill Mountains.